Many Donald Trump quotes have been pretty shocking since the New York businessman announced that he was running for president on the Republican ticket last year. Some of his sound bites have been pretty unbelievable, but his most recent suggestion just might be the most shocking. During a Trump rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, it’s possible that Trump very carefully suggested that someone shoot Hillary Clinton if she becomes the next president.
During his speech, Trump was talking about gun rights with his North Carolina supporters when he mentioned that if elected, Hillary Clinton would choose Supreme Court judges who would push for stricter gun control laws.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the 2nd Amendment,” Trump told the crowd. “By the way, and if she gets to pick if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
Did Donald Trump just call for Hillary Clinton to be KILLED? https://t.co/JCdPrVgoYF
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What could this most recent and shocking Donald Trump quote mean if he wasn’t suggesting that someone shoot Hillary Clinton?
The Second Amendment says, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, has already released a statement about the Trump quote.
Mook said, “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Donald Trump’s senior media advisor, Jason Miller, is also speaking out, though he is defending the Republican nominee. In his defense of Trump, Miller said that his boss is not suggesting that anyone shoot Hillary Clinton. Instead, he said that Trump is saying that gun rights activists should take action politically, calling his words a “statement on dishonest media.”
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“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” Miller’s statement read. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
The Washington Post wrote that Donald Trump isn’t actually suggesting that gun rights advocates take political action in order to protect their Second Amendment rights. Instead, they said the controversial Donald Trump quote suggests that in order to protect their rights, gun owners should either shoot Hillary Clinton or that they should engage in “armed conflict” when federal officials show up to take their guns.
Either way, Trump’s words during the rally held in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday are dangerous. Not to mention that it’s not the first time the Republican nominee’s comments have encouraged violence among his supporters.
After watching the playback of the speech on YouTube, it’s really hard to see how the Donald Trump quote could be a call for political action and nothing else. Even if it was, it’s easy to see how someone who supports Trump for president could take his statement as a suggestion that someone should shoot Hillary Clinton.
It really doesn’t matter where someone may fall on the political spectrum or how much they may hate the opposing candidate or any of their ideology. It is completely unacceptable for a presidential nominee to suggest in any way that someone should assassinate their rival.
Be sure to watch the video of Donald Trump’s comments and tell us what you think he meant by the shocking quote. Was Trump suggesting that someone should shoot Hillary Clinton? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.
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