Josh Earnest said the Republican's refusal to pass any "common sense gun safety" legislation "a shameful display of cowardice." Transcript, via MSNBC:
JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC HOST: With us now, White House press secretary, Josh Earnest. Josh, what's the White House's response, not only to the Senates' votes yesterday, but also to a rising tide of anger among Americans who want to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and people with mental health problems?
JOSH EARNEST, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Good morning, Joe. Listen, I think the reaction from the White House is, simply, that what we saw last night on the floor of the United States Senate was a shameful display of cowardice.
They were common sense bills that were put forward that should have drawn strong bipartisan support that would prevent individuals who are currently suspected of having ties to terrorism from being able to buy a gun. And we should, actually, strengthen our background check laws to close loopholes that prevent people from being able to circumvent those background checks.
And the reason that I describe it as cowardice is I don't know what else to call it. Cowards are people who talk really tough in the hope that they will not be asked to actually act and do something. And the truth is, that's exactly what Republicans have done.