Donald Trump denies '2nd Amendment' remark encouraged violence
Aug 11 2016 by Larry Hoffman
"Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is".
"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment".
"I certainly don't think it's appropriate to start changing all of a sudden when you've been winning", Trump said.
Rather - who covered the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas - called Trump's "Second Amendment people" remark "a new low", unprecedented "in the history of American presidential politics".
Trump has accused his Democratic rival of wanting to abolish it, a charge that she denies.
Trump senior communications advisor Jason Miller said in a statement that Trump was referring to the political power of Second Amendment supporters at the ballot box, not to any sort of violence. It's hard to know what Trump expects gun-wielding people do to stop the President of the United States from doing something, but perhaps we can check in with the ghosts of John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald? He added he could not confirm the Secret Service reached out to the Trump campaign.
"It's called the power of unification - 2nd Amendment people have fantastic spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power", Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement.
"Hillary Clinton supports common sense measures like comprehensive background checks that will help decrease the number of gun deaths our nation suffers every day", the statement said.
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Trump's intended message was not immediately clear, but lawmakers, former national security officials and other critics expressed concern that Trump had advocated, possibly in jest, that Clinton or her Supreme Court nominees could be shot.
But the Clinton campaign said Trump was suggesting violence. "You should never joke about something like that", Ryan said.
Trump even defended himself via Twitter.
Trump's latest firestorm comes after comments he made at campaign rally in Wilmington, Delaware referencing what he said was Clinton's desire to take away people's guns. "She wants to take your guns away and by the way, if she appoints Supreme Court justices, meaning if she gets the option to appoint, meaning a very sad day in this country because if she became president she would do a awful job, this would be four more years of Obama and we don't want four more years of Obama".