August 11, 2016

Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce found a way to blame Democrats for Donald Trump’s shocking suggestion that “Second Amendment people” do something about Hillary Clinton if she wins the election.

In case you missed it, here’s what Trump said about Clinton: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Fox Business host Charles Payne opened a discussion about Trump’s remarks by suggesting it was a made-up controversy by the media.

PAYNE: Donald Trump in hot water with the media once again. Earlier today, some are characterizing his remarks as an implication, a threat of violence against Hillary Clinton.

After noting the differing responses from the Clinton and Trump campaigns, Payne asked, “Manufactured crisis or did Donald Trump say something that people should be worried about?”

Bruce got to defending Trump – by blaming the Democrats.

BRUCE: What we’ve seen time and time again, is Hillary, the Democrats either making stuff up out of whole cloth. You have a drama because he makes a joke about a baby in a rally. When you’ve got a situation with Hillary Clinton who is saying and doing things that are obviously dangerous, have caused the death of people and in this particular case you heard the quote for yourself.

What I heard immediately was the power, politically, of the NRA, of gun owners in this country, to have an influence on government as it’s unfolding. And I think maybe it’s a little bit of projection on the Democrats part when it comes to what they hear from him, what they want to hear from him and what they want to tell other people to listen for. I think it’s false. I think it’s clear what he’s done and I think that this is another indication of the degree to which the Democrats will go, to not only just be unfair but to lie to the American people.

[...] It’s looseness of interpretation is what it is. It’s not Donald Trump. It’s what everybody else wants him to...

The other guest was Evan Siegfried (not identified as a Republican for Clinton). He reiterated one right-wing excuse for Trump, that he had cracked a joke, albeit an inappropriate one.

Payne interrupted to suggest another right-wing defense, “asking” if Trump had made a suggestion of violence or talked about the power of the NRA.

Siegfried adopted this other right-wing excuse, that Trump meant the NRA, adding that he should have released a statement he misspoke and urged people to move on.

But that wasn’t pro-Trump enough for Bruce.

BRUCE: But he didn’t misspeak. If it was a threat, he would have referred to gun owners. He referred to the Constitution. Maybe he was trying to be careful, he didn't want to mention the NRA specifically so he mentions the Second Amendment people.

Later, Bruce came up with her conspiracy theory, that criticism of Trump is just an attempt to throw him off his game:

BRUCE: They want people to be afraid to speak and when you’re afraid to speak, you’re afraid to even think about the issues. And they want him to not know what to do. It worked with Romney, it worked with McCain, it works with almost all of the Republicans.

[…] I think that what’s important is for the audience to know that it doesn’t even matter who the nominee is. It happens to be Trump. Whatever he says, it doesn’t matter, they will make it up. They will misconstrue it, they will lie about it, and he just has to stay focused.

By the way, this is the same Tammy Bruce who applauded Carly Fiorina when she blasted Trump for his remarks about her looks.

Watch that Tammy Bruce now suggest that criticisms of Trump’s rhetoric are some kind of Democratic plot, above, from FBN’s August 9 Making Money with Charles Payne.

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