A Donald Trump supporter told reporters at campaign rally last week that Hillary Clinton “needs to be taken out” and that “she should be in prison or shot.”
A Secret Service spokesman on Monday declined to comment to TPM on the remarks, citing the agency’s policy of not discussing protective operations.
The Trump supporter, Dan Bowman, told the Wall Street Journal Thursday at Trump’s Cincinnati, Ohio rally that “I feel like Hillary needs to be taken out. If she gets in the government, I’ll do everything in my power to take her out of power.”
“If I have to be a patriot, I will,” he added, before avoiding questions about whether he was threatening Clinton directly.
“I don’t know. Is it?” Bowman, a 50-year old contractor, responded when asked if his comment represented a real threat to Clinton’s life.
CNN shared video of the exchange Monday:
Trump supporter at rally says “Hillary needs to be taken out” Watch: https://t.co/vwicB9i7vo
— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) October 17, 2016
He elaborated somewhat in a separate interview with the Boston Globe.
“If she’s in office, I hope we can start a coup. She should be in prison or shot. That’s how I feel about it,” he said. “We’re going to have a revolution and take them out of office if that’s what it takes. There’s going to be a lot of bloodshed.”
Trump has previously suggested that, given Clinton’s advocacy for gun control measures, her Secret Service detail should not be armed.
“Let’s see what happens to her,” he said in September.
In August, Trump suggested “Second Amendment” people could “do” something to prevent Clinton from nominating Supreme Court justices were she elected president.
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