During a campaign stop in Miami on Friday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested once again that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton could be assassinated if the Second Amendment—the right to keep and bear arms—weren’t in place to protect her, The Guardian reports:
She goes around with bodyguards … I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons—they should disarm. I think they should disarm immediately, what do you think, yes? Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their guns away. Let’s see what happens to her … it would be very dangerous.
Watch Trump’s statement below:
Trump on Clinton’s bodyguards: “Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns… let’s see what happens to her.” https://t.co/NBBP1pji5j
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 16, 2016
Trump’s statement comes one month after he was heavily criticized across the political aisle for saying that if Clinton were nominated, giving her the authority to replace late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, then the “Second Amendment people” may do something about it:
Hillary Clinton once to essentially abolish the Second Amendment … 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 should have never made it this far, but it was inevitable. This is America; he is feeding on his reflection.
This country loves to watch people behaving badly for our entertainment—especially wealthy white men. “Make enough money and you, too, can do and say whatever you want without consequences.” But this isn’t funny or cute or interesting; nor does it have anything to do with voting or valid criticism of Clinton. He’s going to get her killed.
Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said that Trump has a “pattern of inciting people to violence,” adding in part:
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.
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight blog currently has Clinton winning against Trump in the general election 60 percent to 40 percent. Though hysteria has been building in the last few weeks over the possibility of a President Trump, the race isn’t even been close when it comes to electoral votes (Clinton: 289.0 to Trump: 248.7).
The popular-vote difference, however, is razor-thin (Clinton: 46.5 percent; Trump: 44.3 percent). Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson brings up the distant rear with 0.4 electoral votes and 7.9 percent of the popular vote. Johnson will be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the general election, ABC News reports.
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has continued to gain in popularity and is currently averaging about 3 percent of the popular vote. Stein will be on the ballot in 45 states, including the District of Columbia. She has qualified for write-in status in three additional states, according to her website.
Barring any major October surprises, Clinton’s lead will probably hold. Whatever the outcome, November can’t come fast enough.