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Conservative columnist says the NRA has Trump ‘grabbed by the p***y’

Weiss said Trump isn't doing enough to stop school shootings.


Tess Cagle


Posted on May 19, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 3:24 pm CDT

New York Times conservative columnist Bari Weiss had a few choice words for President Donald Trump Friday night as she sat on a panel discussion on Real Time with Bill Maher.

The group discussed the shooting at Santa Fe High School that happened Friday morning, which left at least 10 dead and another 10 wounded.

“One of the things that made me totally unable to vote for Trump was the famous [Access] Hollywood tape,” she said. “Well, the NRA has Donald Trump grabbed by the pussy, OK?”

Her comment was met with applause from the in-studio audience.

“It’s appalling. The fact that we are not trying to do everything possible to try and stop these shootings is disgusting. You have to be 25 years old to rent a car. Why don’t you have to be 25 years old to buy a gun?”

She said the U.S. should “try everything,” from refraining from naming the school shooters who “want the notoriety”—an idea presented by parents from the Parkland shooting—to holding the Texas gunman’s father “criminally liable” since the gun used in the shooting belonged to him. Sex columnist Dan Savage also suggested changing laws that make it impossible to sue gun manufacturers.

The group also discussed the fact that gun violence in America is definitely getting worse and that last year, more students died at school that soldiers in combat.

Weiss also mentioned the Santa Fe High School student, Paige Curry, who told reporters on Friday that she always knew that a shooting would eventually happen at her own school because it “happens everywhere.”

In the same interview, Weiss received criticism from viewers on Twitter because she said folks in the U.S. shouldn’t buy into feeling sorry for Palestinian protesters because she believes they wanted the Palestinian Massacre to happen to help their cause.

Weiss is the same columnist who wrote the controversial editorial about Aziz Ansari after he was accused of sexual impropriety by, in which she says the #MeToo movement has become an “emblem for female helplessness.”

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*First Published: May 19, 2018, 10:29 am CDT