Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Fires Back at President Trump Over 2A Comments

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!”

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.”

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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.

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  • Max Hoyle April 25, 2020, 3:17 pm

    This butthole asked about 2nd amendment and answered coronavirus ? Start looking for a job backdoor-boy!

  • Chum Lee April 25, 2020, 2:07 pm

    Wow, I feel safer already; No more gun violence is possible in VA. Yippeeeee!

  • Freedom USA April 24, 2020, 9:22 pm

    The most important part of the 2nd Ammendment is the fact that it is 2nd, right after freedom of speech. And the Patriot Act essentially guts the 4th Ammendment completely and can be used against the civilian populace. They are playing games with us letting us think that aby if the first 5 Ammendment’s have any power left at all. The Constitution is worth less then the TP you are all hoarding regarding its effectiveness as a governing document. It is sad but very very true. Google what the ACLU says about the Patriot Act regarding its effect on our Constitution. The 2nd Ammendment is powerless because they can just waltz right in and take whatever they want look through whatever the want and don’t need a warrant to do it. How many more Ammendment’s should we give up? How long until we can own slaves again and women can’t vote? These Ammendment are not a suggestion, and the freedom of speech is so important that they put the 2nd ammendment right where it should be, in spot #2. Don’t be fooled by all the distractions, repeal the Patriot Act immediately, protect the Ammendments, all of them and exercise your right’s and you won’t need so many cops to do your job of protecting you life and property for you. Think about it people. Live free or live under suppression and ignorance. Death is not as easy an option and the will to survive is strong. People fought and died for the Constitution, don’t be too quick to ignore it.

  • Beachhawk April 24, 2020, 5:00 pm

    Yes, Governor (Blackface) Northham is going to make Virginians safe by trampling on their civil rights. He will make them so safe they won’t be able to keep their firearms and if you don’t like it, his state police will kick down your door, drag you off to jail and then seize your firearms, bows, arrows and hunting knives. You won’t need any of them for the next few years while you sit in a jail cell, waiting to go to court.

  • Robert Messmer April 24, 2020, 4:56 pm

    Quote: “I was pleased last week to sign seven pieces of commons sense gun legislation that will keep Virginians safe,” he continued.” Except these laws were discussed right after the Virginia Beach mass killing, which was perpetrated by a black man. He used two pistols and at least one silencer ALL of which he legally obtained. The pistols were purchased almost 2 years apart. At the time, Governor Blackface (or maybe the KKK man) stated: “none of these laws would have prevented what happened.” Now all of a sudden they will keep Virginians safe. He was right the first time and is lying now.

  • JoeUSooner April 24, 2020, 3:38 pm

    “… unable to deliver on tests.” ??

    What universe is this cuckoo-clock living in? In the first month of the pandemic, the US administered more tests than all the other countries in the world (combined!) have administered to date.

    Typical lying Democrat…

    • Briley April 26, 2020, 1:10 am

      Remember, the Democrats paramount directive – say it loudly and say it often. The truth doesn’t matter, only the message. People that vote Democrat are typically lazy and easily swayed by oft repeated and blatant lies, or they would seek out the truth and damn well wouldn’t vote Democrat. I train hunting dogs and use the same command over and over again until the dogs get the idea and do what I want them to do, just like the Democrat elites treat their voters.

  • Dexter Winslett April 24, 2020, 3:35 pm

    Hang Northam. Virginia put him in. Virginia get him out.

  • Mark April 24, 2020, 2:02 pm

    Not one of Northram’s comments or actions can be verified by evidence. He’s passing out delusional popsicles and assuming more and more power.

  • James W Beattie April 24, 2020, 11:54 am

    Trump is without doubt the very worst president America has ever seen. Why can’t one of you loser gun nuts kill him?
    Or where is Hinkley now that we REALLY need him.

    I own 11 firearms including an AR, but I don’t buy into the NRA bullshit and rightwing redcap assholes. I support the governor. You people voted him in now fucking deal with it.

    • Suave Pablo April 24, 2020, 1:47 pm

      Don’t feed the Troll (“Mr Beattie”) above. This guy is clearly off his rocker and is likely full of crap in regards to owning firearms to begin with. Nothing to see here, move along. Ignore his heinous comment. He doesn’t represent rational human beings with the words he’s chosen to type. Probably Ralph Northam himself. This has been a PSA provided free of charge from a rational, proud and ACTUAL American….not a Commie as illustrated above by “James W Beattie”. Move along fellow patriots, let’s not engage at all with this attention seeker. This is all I’ll post about this.

    • Mark April 24, 2020, 1:54 pm

      Tell me one piece of data that backs any of Northram’s proposals. Even FBI data contradicts him. Northram’s proposals are counter to the evidence. Next year they will ban AR15’s which are not assault rifles. Northram is following the progressive’s bible of the Communist manifesto, one bite at a time, summarized by Alinsky in deception and lies. At least you will be in the minority defending him when the war finally breaks out. Read the Constitution and the writer’s original intent. A brief synopsis of this is compiled in Phillip Mullivor’s “Proclaiming Liberty.” Take the antidote to the Marxist Kool Aid.

    • silvia April 24, 2020, 1:57 pm

      You don’t own any guns. You’re to scared of guns. Why are you even on this site? crawl back into your hole snowflake

    • Awesome Bill from Dawsonville April 24, 2020, 4:15 pm

      I bet the Secret Service would love to sit down and have a chat with you, Mr. Beattie.

    • Hondo April 25, 2020, 11:59 am

      I would hope this clown as been flagged and will soon be visited by authorities for making terroristic threats.

      Clearly this is a nut job , I hope this freak doesn’t have access to firearms.

    • Chum Lee April 25, 2020, 3:57 pm

      You need to do one of those videos with a chop saw and your toy AR.

  • MrClean April 24, 2020, 11:50 am

    Was he in Virginia or North Carolina when he was waging his tongue?

  • SD April 24, 2020, 11:44 am

    All this BS about shutting down the economy until June is total BS. It’s easy for you know it alls that have a job and are still getting a paycheck. I’m retired and get my retirement and SS checks so I haven’t lost any income. But I haven’t forgotten where I came from. When I worked for another company I depended on a paycheck every week, not to mention the health insurance. When I had my own business, I had bills coming in whether I did any business or not. This country needs to go back to work. This panic from the media would never have happened under the Obama administration no matter how many people died. They couldn’t convict Trump on impeachment so they’re now trying to destroy the country to take him down.

  • Matt498 April 24, 2020, 11:41 am

    The last Virginia election was bought and paid for by Bloomberg. Even the DNC of VA stated that Bloomberg was their biggest supporter, out spending others by 8x. Second: former VA governor McAuliffe, illegally gave 205,000 convicted felons the right to vote in 2016 right before the election. Racist Ralph Northam has given 60,000 more convicted felons the right to vote in his first year. talk to your registrar and you’ll find that 90% that register, do so dem. Even still the votes in VA were outrageously close with numerous recounts.

    The media is complacent and most often complicit with the fraud. Additionally, because of the amount of money from Bloomberg many democrats in Northern VA went unopposed……… It is an IDIOT who suggests that VA got what they deserved because of the last election! Did any of these finger pointing a**hats ever ask why Northam arbitrarily, (so it seemed), quarantined VA until Wednesday, June 10 ??…. Its because the VA primary in on June 9 and he’ll do anything to make it harder for people to vote…… That racist piece of dirt will do anything to serve his leftist masters and some of the comments on here serve the left also. I’m proud of VA and their pro gun community. Show me another state who’s populous SPOKE as loudly, mobilized 95% of all their counties, cities and town governing bodies to legally declare themselves 2A sanctuaries, openly refusing to enforce racist ralphs and his democrat brown shirts anti constitutional crap ?

    • Mark April 24, 2020, 1:59 pm

      All true. But the real problem are the idiots who vote for him who allow themselves to be brainwashed by our progressive (Marxist) education system and the MSM. How do you change this? The Founders taught that liberty demands vigilance. Half the electorate is asleep at the wheel stuck in their feelings of fear and anxiety instead of reality. All societies that have allowed progressive disarmament in any form have been annihilated by those they have allowed to disempower them.

      • Briley April 26, 2020, 1:25 am

        A though: If you wanted to weaken the culture and dedication of the people to the tenets of liberty and country, what better way than to import non-Americans and give their children citizenship. Sooner than later the Patriot base will be diluted and the progressives will have created the herd of sheep they desire. Just a thought.

  • Floyd April 24, 2020, 11:34 am

    Trump is right they are trying to take the guns away! Wake up people it’s not going to stop?

    • Et April 25, 2020, 1:12 am

      Why do you ask? Of course it’s not going to stop. As some have said, this is a dry run. This beer virus may not have been intentional but like true socialists, they’re not letting a crisis go to waste.

  • Stan d. Upnow April 24, 2020, 9:53 am

    ” Tyrant Northam does not care about the will of the people…”

    Oh, but he Does care about the “will of the people;” his people: the Progressive-Socialists.

  • Stan d. Upnow April 24, 2020, 9:41 am

    “The government you elect is the one you deserve.”

    – Thomas Jefferson

    You elected him, Virginia. Don’t come whining to me!
    Same goes for the rest of your state govt..

    • Briley April 26, 2020, 1:49 am

      The unfortunate truth is that, yes, they do have a right to “whine.” They, just like those of us that live in eastern Washington state and consistently vote red, are having to put up with high density population centers that are stupid and vote for Democrats. Three counties in WA control the election of senators, two worthless lap dogs for the DNC, and the majority of the representatives to the house. We in eastern WA really need to push the idea of creating a new state, which might actually be doable if the country were to turn Red. But until that time the Democrats would never let it happen. Some people have talked about merging states but, on a national perspective, it would be better to create a new state and add two senators into the mix. The Dems are afraid of that and will do everything in their power to keep it from happening. In WA they have convinced the east siders that they need the west side’s money. It ain’t so, my friends. If the east side became a state of its own based on Republican ideals it would never need Seattle for anything. Sorry about all my blather, but I see the same thing happening here as in VA and it is making me really mad.

  • The SGM April 24, 2020, 8:58 am

    Gov. Northam is just one of the many Liberal, Progressive, Democrats, who along with the ill-informed and non-rational voter are dismantling/crippling the 2nd Amendment by sniping or picking away at the sides of the intent and meaning and thereby eroding our right.

  • David Kent April 24, 2020, 8:40 am

    Northam is a punk. He’s feeding at Bloomberg’s trough. He stepped on the wrong toes, was shown up on January 20th, and has since felt the need to lock down his Capital Compound…not once, but TWICE…from pissed off Patriots. He thought that he could ignore the whole of Virginia in favor of satiating the good comrades of the Peoples Republic of Southern Maryland. You caught us sleeping once. Won’t happen next election.

  • Silverbullet April 24, 2020, 6:51 am

    There all snakes sneaking gun laws now while everyone is in a pandemic situation. Nobody in Virginia wants more laws n rights STOLEN. You governor Blackface will not win the war you start. And your cronys bought by Bloomberg n Soros will not survive. No one who pledges to defend the Constitution will do your bidding.

  • Robert Frasconi April 24, 2020, 5:10 am

    Trump issued an unconstitutional edict to ban bump stocks.

    Trump started the ball rolling on red flag laws. Take the guns first, and worry about due process later.

    Trump sits there as president and does not direct his AG to prosecute governors who are trampling bedrock, inherent rights.

    Trump then tells Virginians they better watch out.

    Name one major repeal of an infringement on the right to keep and bear arms that has been lifted since Trump entered office.

    I will not hold my breath waiting on an answer.

    Trump grade on RKBA: F. Failure.

    • Abner Yokum April 24, 2020, 6:11 am

      And your point… what… vote for Biden?

    • Stan d. Upnow April 24, 2020, 9:45 am

      But, he says he supports the 2nd A. Talk is cheap.
      He’s not living up to his word on immigration, either.
      On some issues, there just aren’t any acceptable half measures.

    • SD April 24, 2020, 11:24 am

      Maybe you should have voted for Hiillary. I’m sure she would have done much better. She loves guns

  • JYoung April 24, 2020, 4:47 am

    Northam, don’t you worry about anything. The vote is coming, you do not represent me!

    • mike April 24, 2020, 10:25 am

      In Virginia the governor only serves one four-year term, so i guess they can only screw thing up for a little while before they are replaced. I’m not sure but it seems to me we go from GOP to Dem, back and forth term after term. Looks like we just don’t like any of the politicians who serve as governor…

      • SD April 24, 2020, 11:29 am

        Back and forth? Last 3 governors Northam, McAulliffe and Kaine have all been dumbocrats. Northern Virginia and Tidewater now rule the state.

  • Robert Smith April 21, 2020, 2:06 pm

    I guess Governor Klan Robes Blackface was to busy to watch President Trumps press briefing on April 20. He showed state maps, including Virginia, which had dots showing all the testing sites. He showed a list of over 5,000 testing sites nationwide. There is plenty of testing available if Governors like this one weren’t to addled to use it.

    • Stephen D April 24, 2020, 7:59 am

      This isn’t accurate. Available test sites and having actual tests and reagents are two different things. I’m in TN and we are rapidly accelerating testing but have nowhere near the test kits/reagents that we need. Plenty of test sites but not enough tests.

      I hate watching these Dems get up and lie everyday but we do not have enough tests and the daily briefing is usually full of errors and even flat out lies. We better get on track or we will be handing the election to Crazy/Sleepy Joe.

      • Big John April 24, 2020, 10:15 am

        Unfortunately all the reagents and other supplies were outsourced to China years ago. EVERYTHING is made in China. Keep shopping at Walmart and the other big box stores to save money when this is over. We Americans have caused alot of our own problems by being stupid, cheap and lazy… then falling asleep at the switch. Trump isnt perfect but he HAS been sounding the alarm about this for more than 20 years. Meanwhile most of us Americans have been watching Reality TV and watching dancing cat videos on Youtube. Reap the Whirlwind America…then WAKE THE FUCK UP!

  • Will Drider April 20, 2020, 11:30 pm

    Northam said “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 don’t think that’s what the 2A Sanctuary Counties and Town have said. Watch the next few Virginia Elections, better have your crying towel handy.

    • Fal Phil April 24, 2020, 6:53 am

      You need to get a grip on reality, Will. There are way too many government employees and have-nots with their hands out in Northern Virginia, both groups who traditionally vote left, for the governor to be concerned. The only things that can turn the tide are (a) a reduction in the size of government, and (b) the elimination of all wealth transfer programs. What do you think the chances of that happening are?

      • Stan d. Upnow April 24, 2020, 9:50 am

        Yeah. Mice die in mousetraps because they don’t understand why the cheese is free. It’s the same thing with Socialism.

        • SD April 24, 2020, 11:35 am

          I like your analogy Stan. It fits perfectly

  • Give Me Liberty April 20, 2020, 7:29 pm

    “We’ve had some terrible tragedies with gun violence,” Governor Northam said, nodding. “Virginians stood up. They spoke. They said: Enough is enough.”

    What about the 20,000 plus Americans that showed up at the Virginia State capitol in 2020 stating they did not want anymore citizen gun control laws passed? Tyrant Northam does not care about the will of the people, just doing what he wants to do.

    Virginia now is also the 19th State in the country to adopt red flag gun confiscation laws on it’s citizens.

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