Donald Trump is no stranger to this kind of controversy. The kind where he goes off message for a split second and says something that might have been a poorly-delivered and poorly-timed joke, but which the media will certainly interpret in the most negative light possible.
It was this flippant, off-the-cuff style that arguably got Trump to where he is today. And according to what he said about his unconventional campaign, he has no intention of changing course just to appease his critics. But when does it become “over the line?”
At a recent campaign stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, he said that if Hillary wins, then “she gets to pick her judges,” and “there’s nothing you can do, folks.” Fine, so far. But it was this quick addendum that’s landed him in hot water: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
As with everything else, context is key. Here’s what he said:
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Predictably, Hillary Clinton’s campaign was quick to accuse the Republican nominee of justifying violence against his opponent. “This is simple – what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said. “A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
The Trump campaign responded, as if in damage control mode, stating that his reference to Second Amendment people was nothing more than a reference to the gun rights voting bloc. “It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” senior Trump communications adviser Jason Miller said in a statement. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
“This is a political movement,” Trump told Sean Hannity on his TV show. “This is a strong powerful movement, the Second Amendment. Hillary wants to take your guns away. She wants to leave you unprotected in your home.
“And there can be no other interpretation,” Trump continued. “I mean, give me a break.”
Personally, I don’t think this is Trump advocating assassination against Hillary. I think it was a joke in poor taste. I think it slipped out before he thought about what it was that he was saying – which is perhaps a bad habit of his.
What do you think? Did he go too far?
Having said all that, I’m in no way saying that Hillary is somehow “better” than Trump. We all know that Hillary has the media on her side to carry the water for her, and will faithfully cover up anything that might make her look bad.
Just look at how little they care that the Orlando terrorist’s own father is a staunch Hillary supporter. And not only that, but he appeared on the stage directly behind Hillary at a Florida campaign event. The campaign and Secret Service had to have known who he was in order to allow him on that stage, and the campaign didn’t care?
And now they’re claiming they didn’t know he was there, until after the event? Baloney. They have to vet each and every person on that stage for security purposes. They knew. But it’s okay, because the media will ignore it, and it will become another “right-wing conspiracy theory.”
So, the media will focus on Trump’s joke about “Second Amendment people,” and what he might have or might have not meant.
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