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Did Trump Suggest Violence Against Clinton In Wilmington?

Donald Trump speaking in Wilmington
Screen Grab via WRAL
Donald Trump speaking in Wilmington

Donald Trump speaking in Wilmington
Screen Grab via WRAL
Donald Trump speaking in Wilmington

Some will see it as a joke, others as a call to violence against his main opponent. Either way Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump made a comment at a rally in Wilmington Tuesday that is sure to be controversial.

The comment in question came as Trump was giving his take on the differences between his policies and those of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary wants to raise taxes," he began, "I want to lower them."

That is standard stuff for a presidential stump speech, as is Trump’s claim that Clinton wants to get rid of the right to own a gun. "Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment."

The crowd booed, then Trump immediately switched topics to picking supreme court justices. "If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks."

And then came this:

"Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."

As in those with guns could, shall we say, stop a President Hillary Clinton.

That’s clearly how the Clinton campaign took those remarks. They quickly put out a statement saying

“What Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."

Even the Trump campaign felt the need to clarify just what Trump meant. They too quickly released a statement which reads in part

“2nd Amendment people 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.”

This was Donald Trump’s first rally since giving a scripted speech on the economy on Monday, a speech his campaign hoped would get the candidate back on message and the campaign back on track.

This gun comment may have just undone all that.

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Tom Bullock decided to trade the khaki clad masses and traffic of Washington DC for Charlotte in 2014. Before joining WFAE, Tom spent 15 years working for NPR. Over that time he served as everything from an intern to senior producer of NPR’s Election Unit. Tom also spent five years as the senior producer of NPR’s Foreign Desk where he produced and reported from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Haiti, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon among others. Tom is looking forward to finally convincing his young daughter, Charlotte, that her new hometown was not, in fact, named after her.
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