Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, expressed his outrage on Feb. 24 about people who leak information about the Trump administration and the press that publishes leaks under the First Amendment (video below).
LaPierre made his remarks while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, notes Right Wing Watch. He warned how the media was attacking U.S. society:
Our country is under siege from a media carpet-bombing campaign, and America knows it. You can hear it in their tone, their sneers, you can literally see the disdain on their faces. Everything from their word choices to their inflection is trained on one target: purposely and maliciously destroying the Trump presidency, no matter what it takes and no matter what it costs.
LaPierre went on to insist that "for years" the media could not have "cared less about Vladimir Putin or Russia or Obama's promise to go easy on him after he was re-elected, remember that?"
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President Obama did not promise to go easy on Putin, but did tell then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in 2012 that he (Obama) would have "more flexibility" on issues such as missile defense after the election, noted The Telegraph; Obama's gaffe was widely covered in the media.
Obama later instituted sanctions against Russia for its 2014 annexation of Crimea in the Ukraine.
Later in his speech, LaPierre unloaded on the leaks being printed about the Trump administration: "100 years ago, if you eavesdropped and published the affairs of the head of state, you would have been tracked down and hanged for treason."
LaPierre also asserted that those who are protesting Trump are being paid to "dehumanize and demonize" conservatives.
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Politico reported on Feb. 24 that there was no evidence that town hall protesters were being paid. A spokesperson for George Soros, a liberal philanthropist often accused of bankrolling protestors, told Politico: "There have been many false reports about George Soros and the Open Society Foundations funding protests in the wake of the U.S. presidential elections. There is no truth to these reports."
Organizing for America spokesperson Jesse Lehrich told Politico by email: "There's no doubt that people around the country are fired up right now -- they want to get involved, they want to make their voices heard, they want answers about what's going to happen to their health care. It's a very organic phenomenon."