Democrats blast Republican nominee for allegedly threatening Hillary Clinton with violence.
by Ben Ariel
(Arutz Sheva) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came under fire on Tuesday when he made comments about the right to bear arms that many interpreted as a threat of violence against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said at campaign rally, according to CNN.
He then added, “But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.”
The comments caused a firestorm in the United States, with some claiming Trump was threatening Clinton’s life.
“A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way,” Clinton tweeted.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who supports increased gun control measures, tweeted, “Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”
Former CIA head Michael Hayden criticized the comments as well and told CNN, “If someone else had said that said outside the hall, he’d be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him.”
“You’re not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear,” he added.
But Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, explained the Republican nominee was merely talking about Second Amendment supporters large influence as a group.
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump,” he said, according to CNN.
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, told WCAU TV in Philadelphia that “Donald Trump was very clear.”
“Hillary Clinton’s made it very clear that she wants to see changes in the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” he said. “(What) Donald Trump is clearly saying is that people who cherish that right, who believe that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens makes our communities more safe, not less safe, should be involved in the political process and let their voice be heard.”
Meanwhile, the anti-Trump super PAC “Democratic Coalition Against Trump” said the FBI should investigate the Republican nominee.”
There is no place in American politics for this kind of disgusting rhetoric,” said the group’s senior adviser, Scott Dworkin, according to CNN.
“Donald Trump should immediately drop out of the race, and he should be arrested for committing a federal crime,” he added.