Hillary Clinton continued to attack Donald Trump over comments the Republican candidate made suggesting that his supporters should turn to violence to protect the Second Amendment. “Words matter, my friends, and if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences,” Clinton told a Des Moines, Iowa rally Wednesday.
“Yesterday, we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line,” Clinton said. “His casual cruelty to a Gold Star family. His casual suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons. And now, his casual inciting of violence. Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and Commander-in-Chief of the United States.
At a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina Tuesday, Trump told the crowd, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Although the Trump campaign immediately issued a state saying the mogul’s remarks were an attempt to coalesce NRA members and Second Amendment supporters to vote for him in November, the comment was also widely interpreted as a veiled threat or a “dog whistle” against Clinton. House Speaker Paul Ryan labeled the quote as a “joke gone bad.”
Despite Trump’s dismissal over the suggestively violent remarks, the Secret Service told CNN Wednesday that they’ve had “more than one conversation” with the Trump campaign over the remarks, with the Trump campaign reasserting their stance that the comments weren’t violent in nature. The Secret Service investigates all threats against the lives of presidential candidates.
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