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

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report 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 RyanElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Will the Federal Reserve make a mistake by shifting to inflation? Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  MORE does nothing; Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection Countdown: Takeaways from heated Florida governor's debate | DNC chief pushes back on 'blue wave' talk | Manchin faces progressive backlash | Trump heads to Houston rally | Obama in Las Vegas | Signs of huge midterm turnout Sanders: Democrats ‘absolutely’ have chance to win back rural America  Trump privately ready to blame Ryan and McConnell if Republicans lose midterms: report 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 MoultonElection Countdown: O'Rourke goes on the attack | Takeaways from fiery second Texas Senate debate | Heitkamp apologizes for ad misidentifying abuse victims | Trump Jr. to rally for Manchin challenger | Rick Scott leaves trail to deal with hurricane damage Mellman: Why Kavanaugh should withdraw Senior Dem says Pelosi will be Speaker for as long as she wants 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.