Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect accurate information regarding President Trump’s alleged firearm purchase in South Carolina. Via a statement from CNN reporter Alayna Treene, Trump spokesperson Steven Cheung has clarified his statement. President Trump did not purchase a firearm on Monday, according to Treene.
President Donald Trump appeared to have a lot of fun on Monday while visiting the Palmetto State Armory in South Carolina. He chatted with the store owners, spoke to members of the press, and enthusiastically indicated that he would like to purchase a GLOCK handgun, according to a Trump spokesperson.
Trump spokesman Steven Cheung captured the moment Trump said he wanted to purchase a gun at the Palmetto State Armory and posted it on X. Cheung incorrectly wrote a caption stating that Trump did indeed purchase it. However, the advisor reportedly later clarified that he did not. The post on X has since been deleted.
The president’s visit to the gun store was preceded by a campaign stop at “Moms for Liberty,” where he shook hands and gave brief remarks to an energetic crowd of MAGA women.
While at the armory, President Trump perused the store and discussed pistol grips and the Second Amendment, showing his strong support for Americans’ constitutional gun rights despite the Biden administration’s incessant attacks on gun ownership in the U.S.
Ahead of his speech, the Trump campaign announced additional endorsements in South Carolina from Attorney General Alan Wilson, Secretary of State Mark Hammond, House Majority Leader Davey Hiott, R-S.C., as well as ten members of the South Carolina State House.