On Monday one of Donald Trump’s hype men tweeted a video which appeared to depict Trump purchasing a gun at an out of state gun show. After numerous people pointed out that such a sale could be illegal on the part of the seller, and that Trump may have violated his bail by aiding and abetting in such a crime, Trump’s hype man deleted the video. Trump’s people then put out a statement claiming he didn’t actually buy the gun, and major media outlets parroted that claim accordingly.
This was quite a scandal. At worst Trump aided and abetted in a potential crime. At best, one of his own people posted a video out of context aimed at falsely making it look like Trump bought a gun when he didn’t, in order to pander to right wing gun psychopaths.
But now Donald Trump has shared someone else’s post on Truth Social, declaring that “Trump just bought a golden glock.” So Trump is apparently taking the position that he did buy a gun, which could indeed put him in violation of his bail conditions.
We’ll see if this motivates the major media outlets to do their jobs by using their considerable resources to investigate whether Trump really did buy a gun on Monday in seeming violation of his bail. It was one thing for the media to copy-paste the Trump campaign’s claim yesterday that Trump didn’t buy a gun. But now Trump himself is directly disputing his own campaign’s claim.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report