Just when you thought Donald Trump couldn’t get any more tactless, he took his rivalry with Hillary Clinton to a new level by suggesting that gun rights advocates could shoot her.
Trump declared that Clinton wants to “abolish” the Second Amendment by introducing gun control measures. He went on to suggest that if Clinton is elected president, the only way to stop her from appointing liberal Supreme Court Justices that will support her anti-gun agenda is to shoot her.
“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 Tuesday during a campaign stop in Wilmington, North Carolina.
In a video clip, you can see a few of his supporters chuckling behind him after making the deplorable implication.
Donald Trump suggests 'Second Amendment people' could do something about Hillary Clinton's SCOTUS picks.https://t.co/dMz6TjPAz2— CBC News (@CBCNews) August 9, 2016
Trump recently came under fire for another disturbing attack against Clinton in which he invited Russia to hack her emails.
After receiving backlash, he brushed off those comments by claiming he was being “sarcastic,” but that excuse can’t be thrown around every time he sticks his foot in his mouth.
Trump’s reckless “humor” is simply more evidence to solidify that he is not fit to run this country. A presidential candidate has no business promoting violence in that manner.
Whether intentional or not, Trump went beyond just promoting violence this time — he actually encouraged assassination, which is incredibly dangerous.
Gen. Michael Hayden — former director of CIA and National Security Agency — told CNN that he was troubled by Trump’s comments. Hayden said the remarks were either a “very bad taste” joke, or yet another example of Trump’s insensitivity to the prevalence of assassination in American politics, according to The Independent.
Trump’s campaign spoke out in defense of his comments, claiming he was only calling for Second Amendment supporters to rally behind him.
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” Jason Miller, the campaign’s senior communications adviser, reportedly said in a statement.
Trump’s antics have completely shifted the traditional nature of politics for the worse. Trump has argued that he has no filter because he rejects the notion of political correctness, but the fact remains that a presidential candidate should not be such a loose cannon.
Considering the fact that gun violence and mass shootings are claiming American lives on a regular basis, jokes of this nature are especially inappropriate and should not be tolerated.
This is not the first time Trump has made a thoughtless joke about gun violence. Earlier along the campaign trail he actually said he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose any voters as a way to illustrate his supporters’ loyalty.
Trump clearly doesn’t understand the severity of what he’s doing by normalizing this kind of language.
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