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Francis Wilkinson

Trump and the NRA Are Now Out of Sync

The president says he is vanquishing the evildoers. For Wayne LaPierre, the evildoers are never defeated.
The mind meld is over.

The mind meld is over.

Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump and the NRA are growing out of sync. No, you wouldn't believe that based on the rapturous reaction to his speech on Friday before the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Atlanta, the first such appearance before the group by a sitting U.S. president since Ronald Reagan's in 1983.

Trump flattered the NRA's leadership and the members in the audience, promising to enact whatever remains on its agenda for Washington. "To the NRA, I can proudly say I will never, ever let you down," Trump said.