In yet another rambling campaign speech on Tuesday — this time in Wilmington, North Carolina — GOP nominee Donald Trump sneaked in an apparent suggestion that “Second Amendment people” could strong-arm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, into nominating Supreme Court judges friendly to conservative causes.
“If [Clinton] gets to pick her judges, [there’s] nothing you could do, folks,” Trump warned, inciting boos from the capacity crowd. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
Critics are beginning to argue Trump’s comments insinuated or endorsed violence against Clinton.
So Trump called for an assassination AND assumes people who support 2nd amendment are okay with it. https://t.co/t2oJKmlHed
— David Nitzsche (@david_nitzsche) August 9, 2016
Trump inciting violence against Hillary as president.Says “2nd amendment people” can stop her. It’s right here. https://t.co/FnIiEGZOG0
— the real chris beck (@SubBeck) August 9, 2016
Trump’s alleged insinuation is especially controversial as just weeks ago, the Secret Service began an investigation into comments made by campaign adviser Al Baldasaro, who said in a radio interview that Clinton should be “shot for treason.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 9, 2016
UPDATE: Trump’s campaign released the following response minutes after the conclusion of his speech:
Clinton campaign statement on Trump’s comments pic.twitter.com/VJLOfgtSNo
— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 9, 2016