Former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) stopped at a gun store in South Carolina on Monday as part of his election campaign and said he wanted to purchase a semi-automatic pistol, although he did not end up making the purchase.
Trump campaign spokesman Steven Cheung posted a video on X (formerly Twitter) in which Trump is seen looking at the gun and saying, “I want to buy one.”
In that publication, Cheung stated that Trump had acquired a Glock model semi-automatic pistol, used by security forces in more than fifty countries around the world, but he later deleted said message from the X platform.
Speaking to CNN, Cheung clarified that the former president had not purchased the weapon.
Trump, who is emerging as a favorite to obtain the Republican nomination in the 2024 presidential election, has used controversy throughout his political career, and has even resorted to misinformation, as a strategy to capture media attention.