The Republican presidential nominee says that ‘gun rights supporters’ could stop Clinton from appointing Supreme Court judges if she is elected.
Donald Trump supporters often relay that the reason they support the business tycoon becoming the next President of the United States is because he speaks his mind. But when he recently made an ambiguous comment that sounded like an assassination threat against former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, fans were quick to defend his choice of words, saying he meant something else.
Many around the world don’t hold the same opinion, however. Since Trump said the following, the internet has been fiercely debating the right to bear arms in America , as well as the true intention behind his statement.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said.
He added: “But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.”
The comment alarmed a number of political observers. Was he threatening her life? Or was he calling for increased political activity?
Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, was quick to issue a two-sentence statement in response to Trump’s latest political fiasco:
“This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to the be president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting took place in 2012, went further in a Tweet:
“Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”
Trump later defended his comment to Sean Hannity on Fox News. He said he was referring to the political movement around the Second Amendment, and the fact that if Clinton gets elected, she would likely appoint her own Supreme Court judges (meaning no more elections).
“You know, so obviously you’re saying that there’s a strong political movement within the Second Amendment, and if people mobilize and vote, they can stop Hillary from having this impact on the court. But that’s not how the media is spinning it. What’s your reaction to it?”
“Well, I just heard about that, and it was amazing because nobody in that room thought anything other than what you just said. This is a political movement. This is a strong, powerful movement, the Second Amendment, there can be no other interpretation. Even reporters have told me – I mean give me a break.”
British novelist Salman Rushdie had his own thoughts on the issue. He Tweeted:
“Of course the Trump flacks are now trying to confuse the issue, but Senator Murphy is clear about what Trump meant.”
Basically, it boils down to this: whether or not it was a threat, a potential President of the United States should not even vaguely convey the idea of assassination. The fact that supporters of the business tycoon – who has more than once proven himself to be bigoted, sexist, and incapable of empathy – are defending his latest controversial act speaks volumes in itself.
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