By Jonathan Swan, The Hill
Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association have formed a tight alliance.
Even as high-profile Republicans distance themselves from their presidential nominee, the NRA is sticking its neck out for Trump.
It did so most recently on Tuesday, defending Trump after he made a remark about “Second Amendment people” taking action against Hillary Clinton.
While critics accused Trump of inciting violence, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told The Boston Globe that Trump’s comment was only a “call to action for people who care about this issue to get to the polls.”
“There is something Second Amendment supporters can do,” Baker told the Globe. “All Americans who value their individual right to self protection must vote for Donald Trump and defeat Hillary Clinton.”
Trump and the NRA have been tight since May, when the gun rights group, known as the most powerful lobbying organization in Washington, offered an unusually early endorsement of the Republican nominee.
The alliance might seem strange at a glance.
Trump is a New York billionaire who once supported the federal assault weapon ban and a longer waiting period on gun purchases.
But allies of Trump and the NRA itself say the alliance makes sense for the nation’s most powerful lobbying group given the alternative: a Clinton presidency.
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