Donald Trump is facing backlash after he suggested Friday that Hillary Clinton’s bodyguards should get rid of their guns and “see what happens to her.”
Trump’s comment came during a rally in Miami when he was railing against Clinton for her stance on gun control. While telling the crowd that Clinton wants to “destroy your Second Amendment,” Trump implied that it was hypocritical that Clinton wants to “take away” guns but that she has armed bodyguards in public.
“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” he said. “They should disarm. Right? I think they should disarm immediately.”
“What do you think? Yes? Yes. Take their guns away,” he said. “She doesn’t want guns. Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away. Okay? It would be very dangerous.”
The comment was markedly similar to one Trump made in August when he suggested that “the Second Amendment people” might take action against Clinton.
The Clinton campaign condemned the comments, saying that such statements should be “out of bounds.”
“Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, has a pattern of inciting people to violence,” Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of Commander in Chief. This kind of talk should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate, just like it should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate to peddle a conspiracy theory about the President of the United States for five years. But we’ve seen again and again that no amount of failed resets can change who Donald Trump is. He is unfit to be President and it is time Republican leaders stand up to denounce this disturbing behavior in their nominee.”