RNC members ‘furious’ over GOP nominee’s remarks on locksmiths
LOCKSMITHS are furious after GOP nominee Donald Trump called them “stupid” and “criminals” in a video released Wednesday that included clips of a locksmith allegedly threatening a Republican lawmaker with a shotgun in a state he won last year.
Trump, in a clip released by the locksmith group LockDown America, told the lawmaker, Republican state Rep. Michael Brannon, of the Dallas suburb of Richardson, Texas, that “some people don’t want to live in the United States.”
“The other day, they said, ‘They’re going to get in your house, we’re going in, we’ll shoot you,'” Trump said in the video.
“Well, I guess they just don’t understand how stupid they are.
They think that we’re stupid.”
The clip is the latest in a string of Trump campaign comments that have stoked a firestorm of criticism among GOP lawmakers and other elected officials, who say the real estate mogul’s rhetoric is hurting the GOP.
“I can get you out of your house and put you in jail. “
And I can do it for a lot of money, right?””
I can get you out of your house and put you in jail.
And I can do it for a lot of money, right?”
The lock-pick industry is a booming business in Texas, and Trump’s remarks come as Texas’s attorney general is investigating the Trump Organization over allegations of money laundering and money-laundering, including allegedly using Trump Tower in New York to launder illegal money.
A spokesman for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But LockDownAmerica, a nonprofit that advocates for more accountability in the lock industry, said Trump’s comments “threaten to shut down this business, and that it is only going to accelerate as more people realize that Donald Trump is not who he says he is.”
“He is trying to silence the voices of the people who are defending the freedom of all Texans,” the group said in a statement.
“And we are calling on the Trump campaign to immediately withdraw his statement and stop spreading false and harmful lies about the locks trade and the industry.”
The LockDown movement has gained traction on social media, as well as with Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups like Common Cause.
A Change.org petition calling for Trump to step down as the party’s nominee has nearly 5,000 signatures.
Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the University of South Carolina on March 23, 2020, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Trump has a history of racially charged rhetoric, which led to criticism that he is a racist.
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)Trump, who lost the state to Hillary Clinton by nearly 2 percentage points in 2016, has frequently attacked Republicans and other Democrats in the past, particularly Democratic lawmakers who have pushed for stricter gun control laws.
Trump often says that the United State has been too politically correct, especially when it comes to gun control, and he has said he will not support a candidate who supports stricter gun laws.
Trump has repeatedly said he believes in the Second Amendment and has said that the only way to keep guns out of the hands of criminals is to have tougher gun laws that will keep them out of hands of people who shouldn’t have them.
Trump said during the 2016 presidential campaign that he supports a ban on assault weapons, but he has not said he would support a ban that would ban semi-automatic weapons.
LockDownAmerica said Trump should retract his comments and stop pandering to voters and his supporters.
“We know that Donald has been a major contributor to his campaign of fear, and we know that many of his supporters and supporters have been similarly afraid of the unknown and of Donald,” the organization said.
“Donald should retract these statements and stop using his bully pulpit to spread his hate and divide Americans and incite violence.”
A similar group called LockDown for America said Trump has “betrayed the people of Texas” by failing to back a measure to require that locksmith certification be obtained for locksmith jobs.
The locksmith union, the Texas Association of Lockmakers, also issued a statement calling Trump’s video “a desperate attempt to distract from his reckless remarks and his reckless statements.”
“Donald Trump has long called locksmith work dangerous and dangerous work,” the statement said.
The Lockdown for America statement said Trump “has been using his position to advance his own personal agenda, which includes promoting policies that threaten our state’s lock industry and threaten the lives of our residents.”
LockDown America said it is urging the Trump team to stop pandemic pandemic rhetoric