Wayne LaPierre on Hillary: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough”

It must be tough being Wayne LaPierre. After seven years of insisting that Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids, he’s still got to go on stage once in a while and remind everyone that no, really, for serious this time, Barack Hitler Stalin Hussein Obama is coming for your guns, and probably your kids.

But with the time horizon on his prediction fast approaching, LaPierre took the opportunity at the National Rifle Association’s annual conference in Nashville to qualify that if Obama doesn’t get your guns (don’t worry, he will), he’ll just pass the tyrannical gun-hating torch on to Hillary Clinton.

And, of course, to remind his audience that the only reason anyone would ever vote for Hillary or Obama in the first place is because of affirmative action:

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You heard him right: “Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.”

Setting aside for the moment the fact that Hillary Clinton ran to President Obama’s right on gun policy in 2008, keep in mind that this is the explicit version of what the Right will usually know better than to say directly for the next year and a half: we’ve had our political rumspringa, but in 2016 it’s time for America to come back to its white, male home.

Yesterday, I was pretty meh on Hillary’s announcement. Today, I’m a bit closer to getting on board. Not because I think Hillary will be a better president today than I did yesterday, but because for all of my reservations about her as a candidate, people like this need to be told (again) to take their white male supremacy back to the 1950s:

The symbolism of a President Hillary Clinton, as with the symbolism of a President Barack Obama, has nothing to do with the nuts and bolts of her administration and everything to do with the centuries of oppression that America is still trying to overcome. This makes LaPierre’s crass sexism, in and of itself, a justification for Hillary’s candidacy — and in its own small way adds to the symbolic weight of every vote cast in her favor.

It doesn’t take any special kind of courage to say something racist and misogynist to a room full of racists and misogynists — and you’ll notice in watching LaPierre’s speech that the audience in Nashville ate the applause line up — but in the 21st Century it takes some serious cojones to run on a racist, misogynistic platform. If GOP base’s reaction to Hillary’s announcement is any indication, Republicans are going to make Hillary Clinton’s gender an issue in 2016, and it’s going to hurt them in a big way.


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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  • ComradeRutherford

    Wow, every statement you made was either a direct lie, or a half-truth.

    Wall-Street, yes they intentionally made this happen, thanks to Fake Democrat Bill Clinton for helping the GOP end Glass-Steagal which prevented such disasters in the past.

    Recovery: the GOP intentionally shorted the Stimulus package to 1/3 of what was requested to specifically impede the recovery – so that the biased Conservative Media could blame it on the Democrats.

    No one ‘took over health care’, and it’s a terrible disaster that even Republicans that could never afford health care because of ‘pre-existing conditions’ can now get it. And what is really telling is that you don’t seem to know that ‘Obamacare’ was written by the Far-Right Heritage Foundation back in Saint Reagan’s day and that forcing Americans to buy private health insurance was back then so radically far-right that it was obviously unconstitutional. ‘Obamacare’ was the exact same counter-plan that Newt Gingrich waved around when they killed ‘HillaryCare’ in the 1990s; and of course Mitt Rmoney implemented the Heritage Foundation’s plan in MA. For over 20 years, the ACA was the long-cherished health-care utopia of the far-right – until the micro-second Obama agreed to help the GOP pass it. In that instant, the biased Conservative Media ordered every Republican to hate their own plan.

    Iran: Thank all the gods that a Democrat is preventing the GOP from starting yet another failed war in the middle east.

    You Conservative types must just hate that American soldiers aren’t dying in the middle east for no reason.

  • John

    Actually the financial crisis was caused by Wall Street, which both parties are culpable for in part. Even with a financial crisis, the Obama recovery has been the most pathetic and anaemic recovery of any economic recovery in a long time, and yet he is blameless in the eyes of the biased media. On top of this he decides to take over healthcare, which has been horrible for those who already had insurance they were happy with. Now he takes his talent for failure to foreign affairs where he is emboldening all of the countries enemies with bad deals.

  • ComradeRutherford

    I just wish an actual Democrat was running for President in 2016. Unfortunately we have Moderate Republican Clinton who sides with Big Business in their war on We, The People, just like a Republican.

  • ComradeRutherford

    What I find most amazing is how you blame “You Liberals” for what the GOP does: “talk about anything other than actual issues”,”dividing Americans into separate groups and playing them off against each other.”

    You claim Obama’s first term was a ‘disaster,’ which makes no sense when he inherited an intentionally wrecked economy from the GOP who then did everything they could to prevent Obama from fixing their disaster.

    Folks like you live in an upside-down fantasy land where you blame ‘liberals’ for everything that the GOP does, and everything the GOP does that leads to disaster is all the ‘liberals’ fault.

  • John

    I totally disagree. Unlike liberals, gun owners actually don’t despise the corporations which they purchase from. Gun owners see that the health of the manufacturers, which make the guns and ammunition that people buy, has a direct correlation with the ability of people to be future gun owners and enjoy their second amendment rights. Therefore a strong firearms industry is important to maintaining continued and future firearm ownership, consistent with the second amendment. With that in mind, the NRA represents both manufacturers and consumers, as well as a firearms culture in general. Besides, the threats to firearm ownership are not an illusion. Liberal cities ban handguns and try to make obtaining carry permits impossible or very difficult. Democrats in congress attempt to limit the sale of popular rifles, magazine sizes, etc, totally contrary to the second amendment and the rights therein.

  • The NRA represents gun manufacturers, not gun owners. They have been fear mongering and quite successfully with the result of record gun sales. It’s a great marketing strategy and it’s worked quite well. In the meantime the only proposal from the administration was universal background checks which even the majority of NRA members support. Again, no one is coming to take away your guns. People are telling you they are so you’ll buy more guns and make them more money.

  • John

    I will take the “old, white, man” who is qualified for the job, over the affirmative action candidates of the Democrat party, any day. LaPierre was right. Obama only got a second term because he is black, his first term was a disaster. Hillary wants people to pick her just because she is a woman, and conveniently forget what a terrible secretary of state she was. You liberals will talk about anything other than actual issues. You know you can only win by dividing Americans into separate groups and playing them off against each other, and you hate it when people expose your little game.

  • John

    It hasn’t happened because people have resisted the Democrats. The NRA and others have poured money into fighting anti-second amendment figures.

  • mark_in_toronto

    Blacks, gays, women.
    If ANY one of those three are involved, the right will fight – no matter what.
    Case closed.
    Put them in their place and for fucks sake . . . move on.

  • benb

    NRA => National Racist Association

  • Oh, I don’t really give Obama credit for much of anything. My main issue is that Obama hasn’t done anything at all on guns, but the issue has changed drastically around him. He has stood there, slack-jawed, with regular mass shootings and police shootings, without any real clear policy position at all on the issue. While people like Wayne LaPierre have taken control of the entire narrative, drowning out any semblance of rational thought.

    Gun control wasn’t a serious part of either of his campaigns, and I don’t think he ever had any intention of making it a part of what he wanted to accomplish as President. So the very concept that Obama is some raging liberal that wants to take away people’s guns is laughable, at best.

  • MoonDragon

    Wayne, old, white men are rapidly becoming a dwindling minority. Are you saying we should continue to elect members of one particular demographic and not others?

  • Bob Wilson

    So we just donated $116 to Hillary Clinton and cited “demographically symbolic president” in a political forum I frequent. Personal donations are campaign ‘gold’ because they can buy media at the mandated, lowest rate. Meanwhile, I’m encouraging ‘the other side’ to donate to their candidates, early.

    Today their money has a “1/n” chance of making a difference where “n” is the number of Republican candidates. The second best recommendation is they send it to a PAC because they pay the highest advertising rate. This is how to multiply your donation dollars.

    Bob Wilson

  • Don’t give Obama all the credit — or even most of it. The courts had a wee bit to do with it — as in U.S. v. Lopez (an older case — 1995 — but germane, I think), District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago — not decisions favoring gun control.

  • ” Meanwhile gun sales are at a record high.”

    That was the point. Never forget that the NRA are not lobbyists for gun owners — they are lobbyists for gun manufacturers. Obama was a gift from heaven for them.

  • FLL

    So this conspiracy tells the Republicans who to nominate, so that the candidate is “scary” enough, and the conspiracy tells the Dems who to nominate, so that the candidate is “corporate” enough. And most likely, the conspiracy runs all the primaries and caucuses (because it’s a conspiracy with one hell of a grass roots operation). You might want to start using aluminum foil for wrapping food instead of for making those tin foil hats that really don’t work anyway.

  • crazymonkeylady

    And I thought the GOP Hate machine couldn’t get worse.

  • nicho

    It’s not whether Hillary is motivating. it’s whether the corporatists come up with a candidate/ticket that’s scary enough to get people to go out and vote against them. Heaven knows there are any number of combinations either on stage or in the wings for the GOP to accomplish that. no one is going to be attracted to/enthusiastic for Hillary who isn’t a HillShill already. The rest have to be scared into voting for her.

  • I know that. You know that. My right-wing bigoted Teabagger nutjob relatives do NOT know that. And nothing you say to them can convince them that Obama is going to come for their guns any minute.

    P.S. the ad on this page (at least when I view it) offers me a free NRA totebag for joining that organization. LOL

  • 2patricius2

    Just two questions for little boy Wayne. Why were people attending the NRA convention not allowed to keep and buy operational guns at the convention? Don’t you believe in the Second Amendment?

  • Bill_Perdue

    What’s he talking about. Hillary is Bush Lite.

  • FLL

    If there ever was a softball primary challenge, it’s Joe Biden, whose primary race seems to be more pro forma than anything serious. Most people have concluded that Elizabeth Warren is being honest when she says she’s not running. Martin O’Malley is the only candidate offering a serious challenge. I agree with you that a softball Democratic primary season would make people bored and disinterested. Would enthusiasm among white women (and possibly enthusiastic anger among Hispanics) make up for lack of interest among black, gay and younger voters? I don’t know.

  • The most important factor for Democratic candidates over the last 30 years has always been turnout. The more people that actually show up and vote, the more the electorate tends to lean Democratic. Voter enthusiasm has generally been more important than their actual platform. The question is, will enough people find Hillary as a candidate to be particularly motivating? Especially if they softball the primary season. I know I won’t.

  • Gun rights have expanded under Obama, not the other way around. He’s been a boon for the the entire arms industry, both legal and illegal. One could even argue they’ve expanded more than the last five Presidents combined. One would have to be living in a total fantasy world to think Obama is going to do anything serious at all about guns before he leaves office. It was never in his platform, and there’s no reason for him to bother bringing it in now.

  • FLL

    At first glance, the numbers don’t add up in favor of the Republican presidential candidates although, of course, anything could happen. Two possible factors in 2016 are the enthusiasm of black voters and LGBT voters—not just tacit support, but the get-up-and-vote enthusiasm. My guess is that current support for Obama among gay voters is higher than the historically constant pattern of gay voters since the 1960s: 70% Democrat, 30% Republican. It isn’t clear how much of that popularity among black and gay voters is transferable, but if Obama campaigns wholeheartedly for Hillary, that gives her a plus with two demographics

    Even worse news for the Republican presidential candidates is that this may be the first election in which they lose a good chunk of a key demographic that often skews Republican: white, middle-aged and older women who are married. Obviously, many of them may defect to elect Hillary. Then there is the continuing racist Republican debacle over opposition to immigration reform. And the Republican anti-gay nuthouse holds no attraction at all for younger voters. The numbers simply do not add up to a Republican victory in the presidential race.

  • 2karmanot

    Yep, that henna black hole job is very distracting.

  • For seven years now I’ve been hearing from right wing idiot relatives about how Obama was going to take away their guns. It hasn’t happened. It was never going to happen. Meanwhile gun sales are at a record high. There’s nothing quite like a fake “shortage” to create panic sales to idiots. Obama is the best thing that ever happened to gun manufacturers and they know that. Watch the rhetoric ramp up again against the next Democrat because nothing succeeds with the fringe like lies and conspiracy theories.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    He should be a lobbyist for hair dye.

  • Demosthenes

    If I died and went to Hell, I would be forced to listen in perpetuity to the insufferably annoying Wayne La Pierre endlessly fear mongering about the Zombie Apocalypse (or whatever feverishly vivid tall tales he peddles to increase weapons & ammo sales).

    He is a lobbyist for weapons manufacturers. Period. He has zero credibility.

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