This was unexpected.
Former President Donald Trump took aim at those who decided to pull out of their commitment to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Houston, Texas.
Trump began by saying, “I’m honored to be here in the great state of Texas, with the wonderful patriots of the NRA. And unlike some, I didn’t disappoint you by not showing up. Got to show up.”
His comments were obvious digs at high-profile politicians who reneged on their agreement to appear at the event, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas.).
Abbott was in Uvalde, Texas, on Friday while the convention was ongoing. Crenshaw was traveling to Ukraine, and spokespeople for Cornyn confirmed that he dropped out of the speaking engagement prior to Tuesday’s mass shooting to be in Washington, D.C. for personal reasons.
Democrats also called out the NRA’s influence with liberal protestors picketing outside the convention on Friday.
Liz Hanks, leader of the Texas chapter of the gun control group Moms Demand Action, said at the event on Friday, “There is worldwide media here today, and do you know why?” she queried. Hanks answered that question, “Because we are an embarrassment around the entire world because we can’t protect our children in their schools.”