GOP Stalwarts Flee From Trump’s 2A Threat (TWEETS/VIDEO)

“Tonight, I have a feeling inside of me that is a great sense of… apprehension, I suppose you might say? A kind of feeling of… I hate to say fear because it’s not that clearly defined, it’s kind of a free floating thing… that the strange unreasonableness, the fanaticism that brought about this unbelievable weekend is not only still around, but is slowly beginning to grow in this land.”

Jean Shepherd, WOR Radio New York, November 25, 1963

At a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Donald Trump shrugged about the possibility of Hillary being elected President and having power to appoint Justices to the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court. Immediately afterward, he made an unprecedented and disturbing suggestion to the crowd of supporters gathered:

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Though Donald Trump is the first Presidential candidate to hint that his opponent be murdered, his veteran affairs advisor, All Baldasaro suggested that Hillary Clinton be shot by firing squad for treason citing her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State (only because she knew that the U.S. State Department takes a shoddy approach to email security) and for her allegedly allowing the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya to be attacked, resulting in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, two other Americans and seven Libyans, even though Republican cuts to funding for U.S. embassy security increased the likelihood of the tragedy.

Glibly, Donald Trump claimed that he had not intended to suggest Hillary be murdered, but instead was trying to rally gun rights fanatics to vote against her.

“The Second Amendment people have tremendous power because they are so united.”

Trump spokesman Jason Miller released a statement doubling down on Donald Trump’s half-assed excuse for soft soap.

“It’s called the power of unification ― Second 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.”

Inevitably, people from both sides of the aisle reacted with incredulous, appalled horror. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, with whom Trump has had a dicey relationship, expressed measured, restrained disapproval during a press conference.

“You should never joke about that. I hope he clears it up quickly.”

John Podhoretz, editor of right-leaning Commentary magazine broadcasted his angry, disgusted astonishment via Twitter, taking both Trump and Jason Miller to task.

 

Second Amendment advocates were even disgusted with Trump’s quip.

Republican Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions also expressed disapproval.

“You should not in any way suggest that violence could be used in this political system. That’s contrary to everything we believe in.”

At least one person among Donald Trump’s audience in Wilmington was concerned by his statement, and this can be seen in the video of Trump’s speech as an elderly man with white hair and a beard clad in a red shirt grows visibly nervous when Trump suggests that gun rights activists take matters into their own hands.

On the other side of the fence, the backlash was even stronger. Unconvinced by the notions that Donald Trump was only joking or merely encouraging gun rights activists to vote against Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton’s campaign released the following statement:

“This is simple: What Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

The sentiment was echoed by Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine:

“Nobody who is seeking a leadership position, especially the presidency, the leadership of the country, should do anything to countenance violence, and that’s what he was saying.”

Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence and a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, stated:

“[Trump’s statement in Wilmington was] repulsive — literally using the Second Amendment as cover to encourage people to kill someone with whom they disagree. For Trump, violence has become a standard talking point, a common punch line, and even a campaign strategy.”

Bernice A. King, daughter of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. also took issue with Trump’s statement, characterizing it as “distasteful, disturbing, dangerous.”

Under no circumstances should anybody believe that Donald Trump was endeavoring to rally Second Amendment activists to use their ballots to stop Hillary. To be more accurate, change the vowels in the word “ballots” and you will arrive at the truth. From the very beginning, Trump’s whole stinking campaign has been predicated on encouraging violence against people who dare dissent his opinion and rhetoric, and any speculation that he is a terrorist has been confirmed. Even more worrisome, when he suggested that somebody in Russia hack into Hillary Clinton’s email account, somebody got the message and obeyed his command. However, considering that Donald Trump has been alienating influential voting blocs — Hispanics, women, veterans, to name a few — if Hillary Clinton became elected and subsequently inaugurated President and a certifiably insane, trigger-happy lone wolf shot and killed her per Donald Trump’s suggestion, the Democratic Party would still remain in power as Time Kaine would assume the office of President of the United States, a tradition with a 175-year-old precedent. Therefore, assassinating Hillary Clinton would be ultimately ineffective, as would only satisfy Donald Trump and his supporters’ desire for violent retribution against their perceived enemies.

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