Donald Trump’s campaign quickly issued a statement Tuesday after he seemed to imply that his supporters should use guns to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president.
“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,” the statement reads.
Trump shocked many commentators when he seemed to say that people with guns should do something about Clinton and judges she would choose for the Supreme Court.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. “By the way — and 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.”
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, quickly released a statement: “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
In addition, Clinton has never called for the abolition of the Second Amendment. Her campaign website states that, as president, she would expand background checks, close the so-called gun show loophole, and support laws that would make it illegal for those convicted of domestic abuse to acquire guns.
Trump was in hot water last week, when his poll numbers fell significantly following the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
The recent backlash against him started with his head-scratching attack on the Gold Star parents of a fallen Iraq captain who sacrificed his own life to save his troops. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Trump raised more eyebrows when he said that he wouldn’t let Russian President Vladimir Putin into Ukraine — two years after Putin seized the Crimean Peninsula.
Trump then suggested that if his daughter were sexually harassed at work, he’d tell her to just quit. He called Hillary the devil, claimed the elections are rigged, accepted a Purple Heart from a U.S. vet while joking that it was “much easier” than earning it and initially refused to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain in their bids for re-election before relenting