Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the only thing that could stop Hillary Clinton from appointing liberal judges to the Supreme Court if she were elected President would be to assassinate her.
Trump made his remarks at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Said Trump, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
The reference to the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms, could be interpreted as a joke about using violence to stop Clinton or her judicial picks.
Trump was speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he repeated his regular claim that Clinton intends to “abolish” the Second Amendment, presumably by appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court. But Trump punctuated that line with an aside, suggesting that Second Amendment supporters might be in a position to stop her even if she’s elected.
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook responded in a statement: “This is simple–what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Clinton campaign: "A person seeking to the be President of the United States should not suggest violence in
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— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) August 9, 2016
UPDATE. Perhaps predictably, the Trump campaign has responded to the outrage on social media over Trump’s remarks by attacking and blaming the “dishonest media.”
Said the campaign in a statement:
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it wont be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
The Trump campaign releases a statement about his “2nd Amendment people” comment: pic.twitter.com/u8GLZsAMtP
— Mic (@mic) August 9, 2016