Continuing his flirtation with political violence, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested at a rally today that “Second Amendment people” could prevent rival Hillary Clinton from appointing liberal judges.
“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 was speaking at a rally in Wilmington, N.C., when he suggested that Clinton would abolish the Second Amendment.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, issued a statement blasting Trump’s remark as “dangerous.”
“This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Mook said. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
The Trump campaign issued its own clarification, saying that Trump was merely encouraging Second Amendment supporters to rally behind his campaign.
“It’s called the power of unification,” Jason Miller, Trump’s spokesman, said. “2nd 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.”
Trump’s remark did not refer to the campaign, but to a situation under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
During the primary, Trump frequently encouraged supporters to attack protesters at his rallies. In March, he warned Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders to “be careful” or he would send some of his own supporters to Sanders’ rallies.