Donald Trump, dashing any hope of the GOP’s wish that he’d tone it down and unite the party, went off script again during a speech on August 9 by heavily insinuating violence toward political rival Hillary Clinton. His remarks can’t be written off as a joke.
Donald Trump, 70, is the Republican presidential nominee after manning a blusterous year-long campaign based on fear-mongering, incorrect facts, and plain hatred. Some have speculated that Trump doesn’t actually believe what he’s saying, that he’s just pandering to the people to get votes. But it’s far too late in the game to continue buying that excuse.
Trump continues to make off the cuff remarks, run on tangents about insanely incorrect facts, and bash those who do not agree with anything, literally anything he says. He’s been saying absolutely atrocious trash from the beginning of his campaign, so it’s indelicate to say “this time, he’s gone too far!” However, he’s now implying that maybe his political rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, 68, should be shot.
If that sounds like a strong allegation, it’s because it is. “Hillary essentially wants to 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.” Trump actually said this during his Wilmington, North Carolina campaign rally on August 9. (Note: the Secret Service has stated that they’re aware of what happened.)
Trump: There’s nothing you can do if Clinton picks judges — "although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is." https://t.co/QeRQpi0Jix
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 9, 2016
He’s riling up the audience at a jam-packed basketball arena, about the fact that Justice Antonin Scalia‘s seat is currently vacant on the Supreme Court. Since the Republicans in the Senate (*cough* Mitch McConnell) are currently derailing President Obama and his choice for the seat, Judge Merrick Garland, it will likely be up to the next president to fill the hole. Trump is again trying to scare his supporters into voting against Hillary, although the former Secretary of State has never said she’ll abolish the second amendment.
She, like any other sane person, has advocated for gun control in light of the frequent mass shootings in the United States. Note that these are not the same things. The Trump campaign has categorically denied that his remarks were not an implication of violence toward Hillary.
Here’s their official (nonsensical) statement: “It’s called the power of unification. “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.”
Sure. Maybe that should have been clear. Maybe someone, anyone, from Trump’s team could have said that hinting to his supporters that “doing something” about Hillary while taking about guns could be construed a certain way. This won’t be the end of Trump’s campaign; it’s nowhere close to over. Onward and upward to the next appalling thing that comes out of his mouth, and brushed under the table.
HollywoodLifers, are you even shocked by anything Trump says anymore?