Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fired back at President Trump over the weekend following a series of criticisms from the President about the recent gun control bills passed in Virginia.
“There is a lot of injustice. When you look at Virginia where they want to take your guns away and violate your Second Amendment,” he said Saturday during a press conference.
“[The governors] are being unreasonable,” he continued. “Virginia is a great case, though because they are using this, they are trying to take your guns away in Virginia and if people in Virginia aren’t careful, that’s what’s going to happen to them.”
On Friday, Trump tweeted “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”
LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 17, 2020
Asked about the President’s comments at a Friday news conference, Northam dismissed them as a “Twitter war” and said he’s focused on fighting a “biological war.”
“I would just simply say, that as the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I along with his staff, is fighting a biological war,” Northam said. “I do not have time to involve myself in Twitter wars, I will continue to make sure that I do everything that I can to keep Virginians safe and to save lives.”
On Sunday, Northam appeared on CNN with Jake Tapper, who asked the governor whether President Trump’s comments might incite violence.
“We’ve had some terrible tragedies with gun violence,” Northam said, nodding. “Virginians stood up. They spoke. They said, ‘Enough is enough.’ They said that thoughts and prayers, we appreciate those, but we want legislators that will come to Richmond and take votes and pass laws.”
“I was pleased last week to sign seven pieces of commons sense gun legislation that will keep Virginians safe,” he continued.
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Northam also pivoted from the President’s statements on gun control to a criticism of the President’s position on COVID-19 testing.
“Our President obviously has been unable to deliver on tests. Now he has chosen to focus on protests. And this is not the time for protests, this is not the time for divisiveness,” Northam told Tapper. “This is time for leadership, that we’ll stand up and provide empathy. That we’ll understand what’s going on in this country of ours with this pandemic. It’s the time for truth and it’s the time to bring people together.”
Last week Northam signed a series of gun control bills, including a universal background check requirement, a “red flag” law, and a one-handgun-per-month restriction.