Donald Trump appeared to have suggested that if Hillary Clinton was elected president, the only way to stop her choosing a liberal Supreme Court justice would be to assassinate her.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump said during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina. “Although, the Second Amendment, people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
The Second Amendment protects an American’s right to bear arms. Trump’s comment came during a rally in Wilmington, Delaware, and was immediately seized on by commentators as the latest example of the tycoon’s offhand language.
Shortly after the outrage, in a statement, Trump’s campaign blamed the “dishonest media” for overblowing his remarks, adding that the tycoon was only calling for supporters of the Second Amendment to rally around him, vote for him and protect the second amendment.
“It’s called the power of unification,” Jason Miller, senior communications adviser for Trump’s campaign, wrote in a statement. “Second Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
However, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement that Trump’s comment was “dangerous.”
“This is simple -what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Mook said in an emailed statement.
“A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”