Donald Trump has done it again, appearing to say something so over the top that some say it disqualifies him from being president:
“Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. And 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.”
Does that sound like he is calling on “the Second Amendment people,” that is to say, gun owners, to assassinate her?
Trump’s apologists are saying that he was just calling on the NRA and everyone concerned with Second Amendment rights to rally around his candidacy and support him with their votes, so as to prevent her from abolishing the Second Amendment and picking her judges.
But he is clearly talking about after her election. “Nothing you can do folks” to prevent her from picking her judges. If he were talking about voting against her, “folks” could certainly do that. Here he is talking about people doing something “if she gets to pick her judges”–that is, if she is elected and has presidential power.
Aren’t I right? Is there any other way to read this statement that takes into account what it actually says?
I suspect he was joking, but still, how reckless and undisciplined and thoughtless this shows him to be! Is he trying to get people not to vote for him?
I would add that what he said should also be offensive to “Second Amendment people,” since it plays into the liberal gun-control advocates’ stereotype that owners of firearms are potential criminals and dangerous to society.
Threatening a presidential candidate, by the way, is a federal offense, punishable by five years in prison.
UPDATE: I just heard the next line: “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
It “will be a horrible day” that Second Amendment people come together to vote for him? This pretty much, shall we say, shoots down his own campaign’s spin on the statement, as well as other attempts to interpret what he said in a positive way. The best we can do is say he was joking, but, even then, that’s a joke that can’t be justified, either practically (since it could come off as a marching order for a loony follower) or politically (since it gives more people a reason not to vote for him).