Trump incites gun lovers against Hillary

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday seemed to incite American gun lovers to violence against Hillary Clinton – including what some saw as an assassination threat – by stoking fears that a Democratic White House would curtail gun ownership. The Trump campaign immediately rejected the idea that he was calling for bloodshed and accused the media and commentators of misinterpreting remarks he made at a rally in North Carolina. “Media desperate to distract from Clinton’s anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!” Trump himself tweeted as firestorm erupted over his comments, widely seen as so inflammatory that a former CIA director said, “If someone else had said that… he’d be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him.”
The 2A was a reference to the US Constitution’s Second Amendment which American gun lovers interpret as an unqualified right to bear arms, but which gun control advocates say is conditional. Here is what Trump said at the rally: “Hillary wants to… essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick her judges (for the US Supreme Court), nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people… maybe there is… I don’t know.” The “Second Amendment people” are gun lovers, and Trump’s suggestion that they can “do something” to stop her (he did not say organize) was seen by critics, including some Republicans, as another reckless, double-edged word play that threw red meat at the rabble.
In some of his rallies, Trump has hinted at violence if things don’t go his way, including at his own party one time when he suggested there would be bloodshed and “bad things would happen” if they subverted his winning of the Republican nomination. Some of the most respected public intellectuals in America are now calling out Trump’s street theatre worthy of a crude Third World bully. “No citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today,” the former CBS anchor Dan Rather said in a social media post.

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