Trump tweet on guns in classrooms resurfaces after listening session

Trump tweet on guns in classrooms resurfaces after listening session
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A tweet sent by President TrumpDonald TrumpSacha Baron Cohen calls out 'danger of lies, hate and conspiracies' in Golden Globes speech Sorkin uses Abbie Hoffman quote to condemn Capitol violence: Democracy is 'something you do' Ex-Trump aide Pierson planning run for Congress MORE in 2016 in which he denied wanting guns “brought into the school classroom” has resurfaced after a White House conversation Wednesday about arming teachers as a way of stopping school shootings.

During a listening session with students from the Florida school where 17 people were killed in a shooting last week, Trump said the good thing about the suggestion of arming teachers was that it could end an attack quickly.

He also said it was an idea the White House would be examining closely after a parent of one of the students brought it up.

"If you had a teacher who was adept at firearms, they could very well end the attack very quickly, and the good thing about a suggestion like that — and we're going to be looking at it very strongly, and I think a lot of people are going to be opposed to it. I think a lot of people are going to like. But the good thing is you're going to have a lot of [armed] people with that," he said. 

In the 2016 tweet, Trump had attacked then-Democratic opponent Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMedia circles wagons for conspiracy theorist Neera Tanden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Senate ref axes minimum wage, House votes today on relief bill Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE for saying that he “want[s] guns brought into the school classroom,” calling Clinton “wrong.”

Trump’s tweet was in response to Clinton slamming Trump for comments he made during a speech to the National Rifle Association, where he promised to eliminate gun-free zones if elected president.

“We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, OK?” Trump told the NRA audience.

“That idea isn’t just way out there,” Clinton said at the time, according to the Miami Herald. “It’s dangerous. … Parents, teachers and schools should have a right to keep guns out of classrooms just like Donald Trump does at many of his hotels, by the way.”


Trump doubled down on the idea of ending gun-free zones around schools at the White House event on Wednesday.

"A gun-free zone to a maniac, because they're all cowards, a gun-free zone is 'let's go in and attack,' " he said.

A number of journalists and other people on Twitter quickly highlighted the 2016 tweet where Trump said Clinton had got his position wrong.

The White House event follows the deadly shooting at a Florida high school last week, which left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others injured.