NRA's Wayne LaPierre to talk Trump 'sabotage' and 'counter resistance' in CPAC address


As the Conservative Political Action Conference kicks off on Wednesday, the National Rifle Association appears poised to lead the charge against those "sabotaging" President Trump.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre has served in leadership with the powerful Second Amendment-defending group since 1991, and has become the de facto public spokesperson for the group over NRA president Allan D. Cors.

LaPierre is slated to address CPAC attendees on Friday, and an NRA Twitter account on Tuesday teased the content of that speech.

"They lost a battle so they started a war," the account writes. "Friday at #CPAC, we fight back against those sabotaging @realDonaldTrump."

The tweet also includes the abbreviated "Make America Great Again" hashtag, and a new #counterresistance call to action.

In the wake of Donald Trump's 2016 election victory, those upset with Trump's assuming the presidency have organized marches and rallies across the nation using the #Resist hashtag. The NRA appears to have responded to this movement -- championed on Capitol Hill by Democratic officials like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Maxine Waters -- with a rally cry for their own supporters.

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The NRA came out in full support of Donald Trump as the Republican candidate during the election, having spent nearly $6 million on advertising supporting Mr. Trump, as of August 2016. This backing came after Trump -- while considering a presidential run in 2000 --- spoke out against Republicans who "walk the N.R.A. line and refuse even limited restrictions."

After eight years working against the forces of Democratic president Barack Obama, LaPierre and the NRA are presumably ready to move their gun rights agenda under the Trump administration's stewardship.