In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren

In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren

The president on Friday resurfaced his ‘Pocahontas’ nickname for the Massachusetts senator while taking a victory lap ahead of his 100th day in office.

In NRA Speech, Trump Floats 2020 Challenge From Elizabeth Warren
President Donald Trump speaks at the NRA-ILA's Leadership Forum at the 146th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.

President Donald Trump floated the prospect of a potential 2020 challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts on Friday.

 President Donald Trump on Friday floated the prospect of a potential 2020 challenge from Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, resurrecting his “Pocahontas” nickname for one of his staunchest critics during a speech to a National Rifle Association convention.

“It may be Pocahontas, remember that. And she’s not big for the NRA, that I can tell you,” the president said of the progressive Democrat to thousands of NRA members gathered in Atlanta.

Trump’s speech before the NRA – in which he became the first sitting president to make such an address since Ronald Reagan – amounted to a bid of thanks for its efforts to help elect him in November, combined with a victory lap as a self-proclaimed “true friend and champion” of gun rights.

 “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” he said, referring to gun-restricting efforts by former President Barack Obama.

Trump has waffled in the past on gun restrictions, but fashioned himself as a fierce advocate of gun rights during the 2016 campaign. On Friday, he cited his key accomplishments as including the rollback of a ban on lead ammunition used in wildlife refuges. The Obama administration said the order was intended to protect birds from lead poisoning.