Trump Suggests ‘2nd Amendment People’ Might Take Out Clinton

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Donald Trump suggested at a Tuesday rally that “the Second Amendment people” might be the only ones who can take action against a Clinton presidency.

In a speech at the University of North Carolina, Trump suggested gun owners could take Clinton out in order to prevent her appointing judges to the Supreme Court.

“If she gets to pick her judges,” Trump said, “nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”

This isn’t the first time that a Republican has suggested drastic action against Clinton. In June, Trump delegate and New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro (R), who also chairs Trump’s veterans group, said that Clinton should be put on the firing line and be “shot for treason” over the terror attacks in Benghazi. The Secret Service launched an investigation into Baldasaro’s comments.

Earlier in August, longtime Trump confidante Roger Stone suggested that if Clinton wins a state like Florida — where she currently leads Trump in a head-to-head matchup, according to polling — then the election would be “illegitimate,” in which case he promised a “bloodbath.”

Trump also argued that he is being held to a different standard than Clinton, saying that “it would be a whole different ball game” if he used the same excuses she did.

“She said the other day, she short-circuited,” he said, according to a transcript of his remarks. “Could you imagine if I said that I short-circuited? They would be calling for my execution. Electric chair, they’d bring back the electric chair.”

Clinton said that she “may have short-circuited it” in an interview with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” when she said that FBI Director James Comey had called her answers about her email use “truthful.”

Trump went on to call Clinton “wacky,” questioning her judgement and ability to lead the nation.

“It’s one thing to make bad decisions,” he said. “It’s another thing to be wacky and make bad decisions.”

In a statement “on dishonest media” released the same day by the Trump campaign, spokesman Jason Miller claimed that Trump was actually referring to the “amazing spirit” and “unification” of gun owners.

The Clinton campaign issued a statement strongly condemning Trump’s remarks. “This is simple—what Trump is saying is dangerous,” campaign manager Robbie Mook said in the statement. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

The Secret Service told TPM that they are aware of Trump’s remarks, but said they were not planning to comment and directed further questions to the Clinton campaign.

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TPM’s Katherine Krueger contributed reporting. This story has been updated.

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