Editor’s note: The following is the transcript of the video above which features NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
When Chris Cox and I invited Donald Trump onto the stage of our NRA Annual Meetings this past May, we became the first major organization to offer him our full-throated endorsement. While other groups and political leaders withheld their support, we stood proudly with Donald Trump. Because we saw through the media deception and recognized him for who he was: the most openly pro-Second Amendment presidential candidate in history.
As the campaign wore on, our courage was tested. The deceitful media mocked our endorsement. They tried to distract Americans from the core freedoms this election was all about. But we never, ever wavered.
Our priority will always be to protect the constitutional rights of American citizens—and to stand by those who stand by us. We spent tens of millions of dollars on TV and internet ads, mobilized our ground forces and put the full weight of our organization behind Donald Trump.
As the fight wore on, the media used every second of airtime trying to shake and destroy the confidence of his supporters. But when the big donor class cut and ran … when the super PACs bowed out … and even as billionaires and the Hollywood fundraising machine poured literally billions of dollars into the anti-Trump onslaught … we didn’t give an inch. And when Election Day came, NRA members and gun owners delivered the greatest political upset in American history.
Make no mistake: This election was a grassroots rejection of the elite class that wants to rule America. And the only organization that has fought that fight without apology is the National Rifle Association of America.
But the time for celebration is over. Our moment to make history begins now. So I ask you—the tens of millions of patriots all over this country who stood by our side in defense of Donald Trump—to stand by our side once more.
Already, the forces that conspired to keep Donald Trump out of the White House are coming together to sabotage his administration. And they will spend whatever it takes to cripple his plans and inflict their revenge.
Donald Trump will need every ounce of energy we can muster and he has no more powerful ally than the NRA. Join us. Fight by our side. We will never waver, and we will never back down.
Our time is now. This is our historic moment to go on offense and restore American greatness. And with your help, we can return law and order to our borders and inner cities … eliminate once and for all the absolute fallacy of gun-free zones … finally ensure every American’s right to carry a firearm in defense of their families and themselves doesn’t end at any state line … and put a pro-Second Amendment majority on the Supreme Court that will defend individual freedom for generations to come.
We are Donald Trump’s strongest, most unflinching ally. The powerful partner he needs to get things done on behalf of American freedom. Join our ranks. Donate to our cause. And together, we will truly make America great again.
Editor’s note part II: If I am reading this correctly, this is more of a PSA to the Trump administration than the American public. My take is the NRA is reminding Trump and his team that “Hey Don, remember, our five million-plus members were critical to your victory. We are undoubtedly your biggest ally. Don’t forget about us!” That’s what it sounds like to me. I mean, the line toward the end that we are the “powerful partner he needs to get things done” pretty much says it all. The reality is that Trump needs us more than we need him, especially if he wants a second term in office. So, as Trump sets forth to make “America great again,” he has to make sure that one of the chief priorities is restoring and protecting the 2A rights of law-abiding citizens. I think Trump knows that (It may be why he put together a Second Amendment coalition). But just in case he forgot while he was busy making appointments, putting his cabinet together, and going down the list of all the promises he made to donors and supporters while on the campaign trail, Wayne is here to remind him that we are, indeed, a priority. That the 2A cannot get lost in the shuffle.