Trump under fire after Second Amendment comment toward Hillary Clinton
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Donald Trump has once again caused an uproar with both the Republican and Democrat party with a comment he made about Hillary Clinton Tuesday and the Second Amendment.
Many instantly saw his comment as a threat towards the Democratic presidential nominee.
"Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, 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 said.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 9, 2016
He added: "But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied."
Clinton immediately took to Twitter, saying, "A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
"A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way." pic.twitter.com/Uu55CBCqdK
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 9, 2016
Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook. issued the following statement:
"This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous … "
On the other side of the issue, Trump’s senior communications adviser Jason Miller said Trump wasn’t threatening Clinton at all. He was simply talking about the power Second Amendment group have.
"It’s called the power of unification — 2nd 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," he said.
Considering he once praised Kim Jong-Un’s method of obtaining power, #DonaldTrump‘s "2nd amendment" comments should be taken very seriously.
— Matt Stehman (@MattStehman) August 9, 2016
Retired CIA Gen. Michael Hayden told CNN that, "If someone else had said that said outside the hall, he’d be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him."
US Secret Service communications director Cathy Milhoan told CNN the agency "is aware of Mr. Trump’s comments."
Hayden added: "You’re not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear."
Coming to Trump defense was his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
"Hillary Clinton’s made it very clear that she wants to see changes in the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms," he said. "(What) Donald Trump is clearly saying is that people who cherish that right, who believe that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens makes our communities more safe, not less safe, should be involved in the political process and let their voice be heard."