Fox News’ Tucker Carlson and Republican congressmen Jodey Arrington and Sean Duffy criticized President Donald Trump for his Wednesday comments about guns and due process.
During a meeting with legislators on Wednesday, Trump insisted that he wants to take away “guns first” and “go through due process second” when evaluating people with mental health concerns. (RELATED: Trump: ‘Guns First, Go Through Due Process Second’)
The president’s comments proved concerning to a number of conservatives, and Carlson explained why on his show Thursday night.
“Obama would have been denounced as a dictator — we would have denounced him first, trust me,” The Daily Caller co-founder explained. “Congress would be talking about impeachment right now, some would be arguing secession.”
“It’s not about the NRA, it’s not even about the president. It’s about the Constitution, and the Constitution remains the same no matter who is in power. That’s the point of the Constitution,” Carlson asserted. “The Second Amendment protects your right to bear arms…those rights are what make us citizens and not mere subjects.”
Carlson brought on two Republican congressmen, Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy and Texas Rep. Jodey Arrington, who further attacked the president for brushing aside due process.
“I think more than disconcerting would be an understatement. We’re talking about our God-given, natural right to protect ourselves,” Arrington said. “You mentioned a lot of things this president has done right…but this one he’s going down that slippery-slope, that knee-jerk reaction that we’re accustomed to when you have these mass shootings.”
Duffy agreed, “There’s deeper principles like the Constitution.”
“Nobody should be tied to a person, they should be tied to principles,” Carlson concluded.