Trump: “Second Amendment People” Could Do Something About Clinton Judge Choices

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(CBS) — Donald Trump suggested at a rally Tuesday afternoon that the “Second Amendment people” could do something about Hillary Clinton choosing judges if she is elected president, a comment some took to mean he was implying violence against the Democratic nominee.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” he said at a rally in Wilmington, N.C., to boos from the crowd. “Although the Second Amendment people … maybe there is, I don’t know.”

The comments came as Trump was discussing Clinton’s position on gun control measures, with Trump repeating his frequent claim that Clinton would “essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

Trump senior communications advisor Jason Miller said in a statement that Trump was referring to the political power of Second Amendment supporters at the ballot box, not to any sort of violence.

“It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” he said. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook responded to the comments, saying no candidate for president should “suggest violence.”

“This is simple–what Trump is saying is dangerous,” he said. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

Pushing back on the implication that Trump was calling for violence, Miller told CBS News’ Major Garrett that those accusations are “completely ridiculous.”

“Donald Trump was obviously talking about American voters who are passionate about their Second Amendment rights and advocating they use that power at the ballot box,” Miller said. “The Clinton campaign is desperate and is obviously throwing all sorts of outrageous charges. I am surprised so many reporters are falling hook-line-and-sinker for what is obviously a ridiculous charge.”

5 comments

  • Mike Haring

    Clinton has always said she is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment. As a senator she has a documented history of supporting, and has clarified several times recently.

      • odinscharge

        The problem is that when you are president you have to choose your words and say what you mean. The way he put it about doing something about her supreme court nominee choices after she was president, could only be taken one way. While I believe he wasn’t serious, there are those that may be unstable and not know he isn’t serious. When you are on that level your words carry a lot of weight.

    • Never go full liberal

      Hmm, she has declared the NRA as her favorite enemy that she has ever made. That doesn’t sound like a supporter of the Constitution of the United States to me, namely the 2nd Amendment. You should probably go hit that crack pipe again buddy if you think killary will support the 2nd amendmant and install pro 2A supreme court justices, or even justices that are pro America.

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