Trump spokesman Steven Cheung, whose head could seriously win a watermelon contest at a county fair, on Monday tweeted and then hours later deleted a video of his boss “buying” a Glock pistol from a gun store in South Carolina before his rally after quite a few folks pointed out that it’s a federal crime to purchase a firearm while being under felony indictment, Meidas Touch reports.
It’d been possible, maybe even likely, that Trump was bullshitting to the store owner when presented with the pistol. We actually would’ve been quicker to believe that than if someone had told us he had handed them his American Express and paid for it on the spot, given his history of over-promising and under-purchasing for his fans. But now that Bucephalus deleted the tweet and went into damage control mode we’re not so sure. Someone’s going to have to go full Zapruder film here and also check to see if there’s any ambiguity to the statues against purchase and possession and what would constitute a clear violation. Like would it necessarily matter if the Trump campaign paid for it rather than he himself personally? How hard would it be to definitively establish whom the purchaser is if not? A lot could hinge on these questions if this incredibly stupid fuckup starts snowballing.