Scarborough: Trump a 'coward' for not acting on gun control

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpCEO of American investment firm believed Michael Cohen could bring in GOP donors for deals: report NAACP slams NFL for gag rule on national anthem Pelosi: Republican meeting over informant will 'nix' possibility of bipartisan briefing MORE Friday for his response to mass shootings following the massacre Wednesday at a Florida high school, saying Trump has done “nothing to protect Americans from future killings.”

“Donald Trump does nothing; Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDischarge petition efforts intensify as leadership seeks unity Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt Immigration petition hits 204 as new Republican signs on MORE does nothing; Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenators introduce bill to overhaul sexual harassment policy The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Republicans see some daylight in midterm polling Exclusive: Bannon says Rosenstein could be fired 'very shortly' MORE does nothing,” Scarborough said. “They choose to be on the side of the 4 percent and on the wrong side of the 95 percent who want commonsense gun safety laws enacted.”

Scarborough lashed out at Trump and other Republicans for their inaction on gun control legislation following several mass shootings, including the shooting at a Las Vegas country music festival in October and a shooting at a Texas church in November.

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“Donald Trump knew this day was coming,” he said. “Donald Trump knows another school shooting is coming. Donald Trump knows another church shooting is coming. More Christians will be gunned down in churches in middle America. More country music fans will be gunned down at concerts across America.”

Scarborough later railed against Trump when MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch said Trump could act on gun control in order to become a “hero.”

“Donald Trump has proven to be a coward. He’s proven to be a small man,” Scarborough said. “He’s so scared of his most extreme base — he is a coward.”

Scarborough’s remarks come days after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. A gunman killed 17 people and injured many others. The suspected shooter, a former student at the school, was taken into custody following the shooting.

After the shooting, gun control advocates and some Democratic lawmakers renewed calls for tightening gun laws, particularly for those with mental illnesses. 

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonDemocrats must vote for electable candidates to win big in November Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers target Chinese tech giants | Dems move to save top cyber post | Trump gets a new CIA chief | Ryan delays election security briefing | Twitter CEO meets lawmakers Dem lawmaker moves to block White House from eliminating cyber post MORE (D-Mass.) called on President Trump to "get off his ass" and work with lawmakers to pass gun control legislation.

Trump expressed his condolences for those affected by the shooting and said he would "tackle the difficult issue of mental health," but has yet to weigh in on the calls for gun control from Parkland community members and Democratic lawmakers.