Trump Immediately Tries to Spin His Disgusting Second Amendment Threat
Donald Trump's creepy comment about Hillary Clinton's potential SCOTUS pick at a campaign rally in North Carolina Tuesday has been called everything from a "veiled threat" to "an assassination dog whistle... even scarier than you think."
"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said, compounding this proven lie by adding, "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."
Trump also speculated in the same speech what he believes would happen if he claimed he "short-circuited" like Hillary Clinton has recently admitted to doing: "They would be calling for my execution," he told the crowd.
In Fox News' edit, Trump goes on to connect his Second Amendment statement with Antonin Scalia, whose death he has theorized was actually a murder by any one of a wide range of establishment politicians, including Hillary Clinton. That this insane conspiracy theory is seen as justification for Trump's outrageous insinuation just shows how far both the network and Trump have gone over the edge.
"Obviously you're saying that there's a strong political movement within the Second Amendendment and if people mobilize and vote, they can stop Hillary from having this impact on the court, but that's not how the media's spinning it," Fox News host Sean Hannity told Trump Tuesday. "What's your reaction to it?"
"Well, I just heard about that and it was amazing because nobody in that room thought anything other than what you just said," Trump answered, immediately taking the out. "This is a political movement. This is a strong, powerful movement, the Second Amendment. You know, Hillary wants to take your guns away, she wants to leave you unprotected in your home."
Trump cited the NRA's endorsement of his candidacy in his defense, as well as the organization's quick response to the controversy Tuesday. "There can be no other interpretation, even reporters have told me, 'gimme a break,'" Trump said.
But there's more than one issue with his response. Neither Hillary Clinton nor any Democratic presidential nominee has ever proposed abolishing the Second Amendment—and Politifact rated Trump's same statement "false" months ago, for starters. Some attendees were actually disturbed by Trump's comments, prompting them to leave the rally. According to Politicususa: "It would be an odd coincidence if people just happened to walk out on Trump for a completely unrelated reason at the rally after he suggested that his supporters could use the Second Amendment to stop her from nominating Supreme Court justices as president."
Donald Trump has been speaking in Fayetteville, NC, for 26 minutes -- and a steady stream of people are leaving. pic.twitter.com/6Ywk0UFdrS— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) August 9, 2016