Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. pulled no punches in a fiery speech yesterday, painting anti-Donald Trump protesters as violent extremists and compared their disruptions to terrorism during a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.
As NBC News reports, Lapierre’s comments were among the strongest against the left and the media during the conference in which bashing those opposing Trump’s agenda has been a prominent theme.
“Ladies and gentlemen, another definition of terrorism is violence in the name of politics,” said Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA. “And criminal violence has no place in political debate.”
“The left’s message is absolutely clear. They want revenge, you’ve got to be punished,” Lapierre said. “They say you’re what’s wrong with America and now you’ve got to be purged.”
He said many on the extreme left “literally hate everything America stands for” and “are willing to use violence against us.”
Lapierre also warned that terrorists could infiltrate the political demonstrations that are widely publicized on social media.
“What happens when terrorists tag along with a flash mob protest at your local airport?” he asked.
Still, we note, as opposed to leftist leaders and activist funders, Lapierre never called for his supporters to “rise up” or “bear arms” against people who disagreed with his perspective (but warns the opposition there will be a reaction).