Donald Trump appeared to have suggested that if Hillary Clinton was elected president, the only way to stop her choosing a liberal Supreme Court justice would be to assassinate her.
â€œIf she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,â€ Trump said during a speech on Tuesday in North Carolina. â€œAlthough, the Second Amendment, people, maybe there is. I donâ€™t know.â€
The Second Amendment protects
an Americanâ€™s right to bear arms.
Trumpâ€™s comment came during a rally in
Wilmington, Delaware, and was immediately seized on by commentators
as the latest example of the tycoonâ€™s offhand
Shortly after the outrage, in a statement, Trumpâ€™s campaign blamed the â€œdishonest mediaâ€ for overblowing his remarks, adding that the tycoon was only calling for supporters of the Second Amendment to rally around him, vote for him and protect the second amendment.
â€œItâ€™s called the power of unification,â€ Jason Miller, senior communications adviser for Trumpâ€™s campaign, wrote in a statement. â€œSecond AmendmentÂ 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 wonâ€™t be forÂ Hillary Clinton, it will be forÂ Donald Trump.â€
However, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement that Trumpâ€™s comment was â€œdangerous.â€
â€œThis is simple -what Trump is saying is dangerous,â€ Mook said in an emailed statement.
â€œA person seeking to beÂ theÂ President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.â€