Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) practically yelled at “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd on Sunday when Todd brought up Sanders’ voting record on gun control laws and Sanders thought that Todd was misrepresenting him, reports The Washington Free Beacon.
Todd asked Sanders about his past voting record where he has not always voted for gun control and comments of his from 2013, after the Newtown tragedy, where he said gun control wouldn’t necessarily prevent shootings.
“If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen,” Sanders said in 2013.
Todd was about to ask his question about Sander’s past comments but before he could finish, Sanders interrupts him to boast about his poor voting record grade from the NRA.
“Senator, you ended up voting for some of those reforms, gun control measures that you weren’t 100 percent sure would solve all the problems,” Todd said. “Where are you today? Do you think now—”
“Hey, Chuck, Chuck, let’s be very clear!” Sanders said. “Hey, Chuck, let’s be very clear. I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA. I lost an election probably for Congress here in Vermont back in 1988, because I believed that we should not be selling or distributing assault weapons in this country. I am on record and have been for a very long time in saying we have got to significantly tighten up the background checks.”
This isn’t the first time Sanders has been accused of being a liberal while also too friendly with the NRA.
During the 2016 presidential primaries when Sanders was still in the running, Hillary Clinton launched a blistering attack against Sanders saying he is a “reliable supporter of the NRA” and said he failed on several occasions to hold the gun industry accountable.
Sanders may be a friend to the gun owner than others thought before.