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

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland 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 RyanKrystal Ball: GOP tax cut is 'opiate of the massively privileged' Top GOP lawmaker: Tax cuts will lower projected deficit GOP super PAC seizes on Ellison abuse allegations in ads targeting Dems MORE does nothing; Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell15 senators miss votes despite McConnell's criticism of absentees Overnight Health Care: Azar defends approach on drug rebates | Trump presses Senate to act quickly on opioid crisis | Kentucky governor's Medicaid lawsuit tossed Dem senator introduces proposal to rein in Trump on security clearances 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 MoultonSenate Dems introduce bill to block release of 3D printed gun blueprints States sue Trump administration to block 3D printed guns Dem rep: I'm not going to challenge Pelosi, but we need 'new generation of leadership' 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.