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

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 RyanPelosi and Trump go a full year without speaking Jordan vows to back McCarthy as leader even if House loses more GOP seats Barrett declines to say if Trump can pardon himself MORE does nothing; Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: McConnell says he would give Trump-backed coronavirus deal a Senate vote | Pelosi, Mnuchin see progress, but no breakthrough | Trump, House lawyers return to court in fight over financial records Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress 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 MoultonTrump slight against Gold Star families adds to military woes Overnight Defense: Congress recommends nuclear arms treaty be extended | Dems warn Turkey | Military's eighth COVID death identified Bipartisan congressional task force recommends extending nuclear treaty with Russia 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.