Trump’s intended message was not immediately clear, but lawmakers, former national security officials and other critics expressed concern that he had advocated, possibly in jest, that Clinton or her Supreme Court nominees could be shot. IMO this was taken out of context. You need to watch the full video.
Trump full speech Donald Trump Rally in Wilmington, NC
About guns starts at the 17:20 minuet mark of this video then about things Hillary wants to abolish at the 39:45 minuet mark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alm_gtrdC_M
“Hillary wants to essentially abolish the second Amendment,” Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, referring to the US Constitution’s clause that enshrines the right to bear arms.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Trump earlier appeared more focused on delivering his typical campaign stump speech about Clinton, telling supporters she would represent four more years of President Barack Obama, “but maybe worse,” and sparring with her over policy.
“I gave a massive tax decrease yesterday,” Trump said, referring to economic plans he unveiled Monday. “Clinton, she’s going to double up your taxes.”
But then Trump drew attention away from his message with his “Second Amendment” remarks.
It was the latest in a long string of Trump trip-ups — including his clash with the parents of a Muslim American soldier killed in action — that have marred his campaign since he officially won the nomination last month, and prompted several Republicans to reject his candidacy.
Clinton’s campaign decried Trump’s “dangerous” language and demanded in a statement that presidential hopefuls “not suggest violence in any way.”
Trump’s team fired back to say the 70-year-old Manhattan billionaire simply meant that gun rights advocates were a powerful voting force.
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” senior Trump communications advisor Jason Miller said.
The National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest pro-gun lobby, weighed in, putting forth that Trump was correct in saying it would be hard to protect the Second Amendment if Clinton appoints new justices.
“But there IS something we will do on #ElectionDay: Show up and vote for the #2A!” the group posted on Twitter.
Orlando massacre resurfaces
Trump’s “Second Amendment” remarks were not Tuesday’s only campaign trail scandal.
Clinton faced questions after the father of the gunman who killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida was spotted at her rally Monday night in nearby Kissimmee.
Seddique Mateen, an immigrant from Afghanistan, was caught on camera seated in the audience behind Clinton during her campaign appearance at an open rally some 23 miles (37 kilometers) south of Orlando.
“This individual wasn’t invited as a guest, and the campaign was unaware of his attendance until after the event,” the Clinton campaign said in an email to reporters.
Trump is struggling to transition from his strong grassroots primary effort to a more mature head-to-head battle with Clinton.
He suffers from sinking poll numbers, including a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday that shows him trailing Clinton in crucial battleground states Ohio and Pennsylvania, and virtually tied in Florida. http://marygreeley.com/?page_id=34052