August 9, 2016

In his rally in North Carolina Donald Trump once again went off script, this time inviting gun rights activists to take care of his Hillary Clinton problem.

Speaking to an amped-up crowd about the differences between Clinton and himself, Trump declared, "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment."

"And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks," he shouted over booing.

As the shouts from the crowd continued, Trump added, "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."

In case anyone sees this as uniquely Trump, I refer you back to June, 2010, and Sharron Angle's run for Harry Reid's Senate seat.

"If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are going to start looking for second amendment remedies..."

Which she then follows up with this:

"The first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out."

It's not original, and it's not just Trump. But it IS dangerous. Very dangerous.

Update: Excuses are rolling out. Most Trump apologists say it was "just a joke." Many reactions on Twitter suggest otherwise.

Here's someone with a different interpretation:


And Politico steps in to massage the situation:

Senator Chris Murphy is angry:

Update 2:

Jason Miller, senior communications advisor to the Trump campaign, issued a statement to "dishonest media", which says:

"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 turn out in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton, It will be for Donald Trump."

The only problem with this statement? Trump was speculating about what would happen if Clinton won the election, not talking about Second Amendment remedies people voting in November. The dishonest one here is Mr. Miller, not those of us who actually just listened and transcribed his actual words.

Update 3:

Not just the 'dishonest media' who heard it, either.

Some have suggested he was also aiming at judges. That's possible. But either way, it's way over the line.

Update 4: Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook's statement:

"This is simple—what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."

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