Woman Sneaks Into Donald Trump's NRA Speech To Show How Lax Security Is

Security was supposed to be strict during former President Donald Trump's speech at the National Rifle Association's Annual Leadership forum on Friday in Houston—but a journalist who infiltrated the event proved that not to be the case.

On Saturday, journalist Lauren Windsor tweeted about being able to sneak inside the venue where Trump was holding his speech by simply walking in through an unlocked door past an officer at the entrance.

"Ted Cruz wants every school in America to operate w/ a single point of entry every day. Well, the @NRA & Secret Service couldn't do it for *one* afternoon to protect Trump. A friend and I walked in an unlocked side door—no screening—past an officer and into reserved seating," Windsor wrote on Twitter.

Once inside a reserved seating area, the journalist took a selfie that shows her blending in with the crowd of attendees with a Make America Great Again cap. The journalist said she was later contacted by the U.S. Secret Service for a meeting regarding her tweet.

Newsweek has contacted Windsor for comment but has not received an immediate response.

The NRA's annual convention, which took place between May 27 and 29, came at a controversial time this year, only days after the deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last Tuesday. Many prominent Republican figures decided to pull out of the forum to avoid mounting political pressure on politicians to act on gun safety legislation, including Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

But Trump was among the GOP leaders who chose to attend the meeting despite the recent tragedy in Texas, including Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The former president actually delivered a scathing speech against fellow Republicans that chose not to attend the event, although he did not name anyone specifically.

"Unlike some others, I didn't disappoint you by not showing up today," said Trump at the convention. Abbott refused to attend the event in person but sent a pre-recorded message.

While honoring the victims of the Uvalde shooting in his speech, Trump defended gun rights and blamed tragedies such as the one in the Texas school on mental illness and broken families.

"The existence of evil in our world is not a reason to disarm law-abiding citizens," the former president said. "The existence of evil is one of the very best reasons to arm law-abiding citizens."

In a 30-minute speech, Cruz made very similar remarks, blaming the recent surge in mass shootings across the country on cultural changes rather than the increased availability of guns.

"It's never been about guns," he said, standing less than a four-hour drive away from the place where 19 children and two teachers were killed by an 18-year-old gunman last week.

"What stops armed bad guys is armed good guys," Cruz said.

Both Cruz and Trump advocated for schools to have one single point of entry guarded by armed police officers or military veterans, despite controversy and outrage sparked this week upon revelation that armed police officers in Uvalde delayed entering the school and taking down the shooter for over 45 minutes despite repeated 911 calls for help.

At the convention, Trump called for immunity from lawsuits for police officers and praised the law enforcement who "stopped the Texas shooter." An investigation into the Uvalde police's response to the shooting is currently ongoing.

According to the NRA's website, guns were not allowed in the auditorium during Trump's speech because of Secret Service security requirements. Windsor claims to have entered the convention unobstructed without undergoing a screening.

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Former President Donald Trump speaks during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas. A journalist claims she entered the room where Trump was holding his speech unobstructed, without undergoing a screening. Brandon Bell/Getty Images