Did Trump call for Hillary’s assassination?

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).

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Reagan’s attempted assassin is freed

John Hinckley, who tried to kill Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be released from the mental hospital where he has been confined.  He fired six shots, wounding the president and four others, including James Brady, who was seriously injured.  His death two years ago from long-term complications was ruled a homicide. [Read more…]

Three officers killed in Baton Rouge

Three police officers were killed and three were wounded in Baton Rouge, the site of a controversial shooting of a suspect two weeks ago.  Since then, 10 policemen–in Dallas, Michigan, and now Baton Rouge–have been murdered.  For the emotional toll this is taking on the nation’s police officers, see this. [Read more…]

Terrorist attack in France kills 84

As Bastille Day celebrants packed the streets watching fireworks in Nice, France, a large truck broke through barriers and accelerated into the crowd, driving for over a mile until he jumped out of the cab and started shooting.  He was killed by police.  The death count stands at 75, with over 100 injured.

Authorities are calling this a terrorist attack.

UPDATE:  The death toll has risen to 84, with many more in critical condition.  Two Americans are among the dead.  The killer has been identified as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.   See this.

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A national conversation

The shootings of the last few weeks–of black suspects; of police–have at least provoked what has seemed to be impossible:  a national conversation over race.

We have black people defending the police; gun rights activists defending a black man shot by police; liberals questioning their extreme rhetoric; conservatives showing empathy for both sides.  Moving outside the usual categories is a helpful thing, if we are going to face up to our problems and do something about them.  So says conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg. . . . [Read more…]

Five police killed, seven wounded, at “Black Lives Matter” rally

Snipers killed five police officers, wounded seven more, plus two civilians in Dallas last night.  It happened at a “Black Lives Matter” march, protesting police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.  Three suspects are in custody.  One shooter was killed by a robot bomb.   Details after the jump. [Read more…]


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