Donald Trump took aim Wednesday at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for helping to advance a bipartisan gun safety bill, even though the legislation includes measures the former president has backed in the past.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, was one of 14 GOP senators who voted Tuesday night to open debate on the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act
Trump sounded alarm bells on the proposed legislation while citing McConnell and another Republican senator who helped lead the bipartisan talks behind the bill
"The deal on 'Gun Control' currently being structured and pushed in the Senate by Radical Left Democrats
with the help of Mitch McConnell, RINO Senator John Cornyn of Texas, and others, this will go down in history as the first step in the movement to TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY
Trump later tweeted "Republicans, be careful what you wish for!!!"
Though Trump condemned the legislation as an attempt to take guns away from Americans, he has previously signaled support for several of its provisions.
Following the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and also in the summer of 2019, Trump publicly voiced support for expanded federal background checks for gun purchasers
After two deadly mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in 2019, Trump said he backed red flag laws, which allow authorities to temporarily remove firearms from people they believe are a danger to themselves and others
"We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken by rapid due process," he said at the time
Tuesday's vote to advance the bill was "a big step toward an important bipartisan bill to prevent mass murders make