Donald Trump suggested on Aug. 9 that "Second Amendment people" might shoot Hillary Clinton if she becomes president.
The GOP nominee was speaking at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, and falsely claimed that Clinton, the Democratic nominee, wants to "essentially abolish the Second Amendment."
Trump said, "By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
Clinton's campaign quickly responded.
"This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous," said Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook. "A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
The Trump campaign said the candidate was simply celebrating the "amazing spirit" of Second Amendment supporters and not making any threats.
But the AP reported that Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service, said, "We are aware of his comments."
A few weeks ago, a Trump campaign adviser on veterans' issues said, "Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason."
That comment also caught the attention of the Secret Service, which is investigating.
Twitter lighted up even as Trump was still speaking at the North Carolina rally.
The NRA tweeted: “.@RealDonaldTrump is right. If @HillaryClinton gets to pick her anti-#2A #SCOTUS judges, there’s nothing we can do. #NeverHillary. But there IS something we will do on #ElectionDay: Show up and vote for the #2A! #DefendtheSecond #NeverHillary."
Bernie King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., tweeted: "As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump's comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous. His words don't #LiveUp. #MLK."
On the web …
An interesting read at The New York Times about the hostility and threats of violence at Trump rallies.