The National Rifle Association hit back at Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Monday, calling her out for changing her stance on gun policy and claiming “she’ll say anything” to get ahead in the Democratic presidential primary.
The tweet comes after the presidential hopeful’s remarks on the NRA at a Sunday Fox News town hall in which she called the group “the worst organization in the country.”
“Gillibrand called us the worst org in the country, but when she represented NY20, she wrote us: ‘I appreciate the work that the NRA does to protect gun owners rights, and I look forward to working with you for many years,'” the NRA tweeted. “Now that she’s looking to crack 1%, she’ll say anything.”
Following its tweet, the NRA released an adulatory letter Gillibrand sent to the organization more than a decade ago. In it, Gillibrand expressed her appreciation for their work on protecting gun owner rights.
Gillibrand also detailed her support for gun rights in the letter, saying she “adamantly opposed” outright banning guns based on cosmetic features as well as creating arbitrary time periods to limit the purchase of firearms.
At the town hall, Gillibrand was asked if her shift on the issue was political opportunism. “Just realizing that not every part of this country is like my rural, upstate New York district,” she responded.
She continued to defend her changed stance, saying, “because the truth is, it wasn’t good enough to care only about your backyard — you’ve got to care about communities across this country.”
But Gillibrand had a very different tone in the 2008 letter to the NRA.
“I always have and always will believe the correct interpretation of the 2nd amendment is that it applies to an individual’s right to carry guns,” the letter reads.
The Democratic candidate’s national press secretary, Evan Lukaske, responded to the NRA’s tweet on Monday.
“Senator Gillibrand has directly addressed her changed position on guns on countless occasions, in detail, and even if the NRA can’t, it‘s time for the media to move on from this tired and well-worn narrative,“ Lukaske said in a statement. “The fact is that Senator Gillibrand has earned an ‘F’ from the NRA for the past decade because she is leading the fight for common sense gun violence prevention.“