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Trump says 'Second Amendment people' could stop Clinton from picking judges

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Donald Trump's comments Tuesday suggesting that "2nd Amendment people" could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial nominations sparked outrage from opponents - but the campaign defended the remarks by arguing that Trump was referring to the group's considerable political power.

"This is simple - what Trump is saying is risky", Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement emailed to reporters soon after the event.

"Donald Trump was obviously talking about American voters who are passionate about their Second Amendment rights and advocating they use that power at the ballot box", the spokesman said. "And if she gets to pick her judges [for the U.S. Supreme Court]-nothing you can do, folks".

The ad was released the same day that Trump drew fire for suggesting that "Second Amendment people" could stop Clinton. Trump said, "Could you imagine if I said that I short-circuited?"

Mrs Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook, swiftly responded to Mr Trump's remarks, stating: "This is simple - what Trump is saying is unsafe". "A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way". "I mean, give me a break", Trump added. "Just before that he was saying - as you said - 'what could happen.' He doesn't want that to happen", she replied.

Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California tweeted: "Donald Trump suggested someone kill Sec".

Yet Trump's foes were unconvinced and unforgiving.

"So here, I just wrote this down today".

"Should Trump win, there will be huge responsibilities on us", Mr Beazley wrote in a commentary posted on the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's website.

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The National Rifle Association, the gun lobby that has endorsed Trump, came to his defense. It also reinforced the concern, voiced by many anxious Republicans, that he can not stay disciplined and avoid inflammatory remarks that imperil not only his White House prospects but the re-election chances of many GOP lawmakers. I think they will put some more meat on the bones on and get a little more detail. "You never joke about something like that".

He suffers from sinking poll numbers, including a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday that shows him trailing Clinton in crucial battleground states OH and Pennsylvania, and virtually tied in Florida.

Appearing on Fox News Tuesday evening, Trump told anchor Sean Hannity that he simply meant gun-rights supporters would take political action.

Clinton was in Miami, Florida, where four new cases of the Zika virus, suspected to have been spread by mosquitoes, have been reported.

Trump's behavior since the party's convention in July has quickened the drip-drip-drip of Republicans in recent days to publicly withhold their support. A day earlier, Maine Sen. "You have the power to campaign against her".

"It was a hard decision for me as a lifelong Republican to decide that I could not support my party's nominee", she said.

The Clinton campaign did not hesitate to express its disdain for the remarks and indicated Trump's invoking of "Second Amendment people" should be interpreted as a threat of violence. Hillary wants to take your guns away.

Warren, a Democrat who was mentioned as a possible VP candidate for Clinton, responded on Twitter.

She urged Republican leaders to immediately call the House of Representatives into special session and pass a bill funding the fight against Zika. She blamed congressional Republicans for inaction.

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