Trump: Gun lobby can stop Clin­ton

The Myanmar Times - - World -

WHITE House hope­ful Don­ald Trump, al­ready de­serted by some fel­low Repub­li­cans, came un­der sharp scru­tiny over con­tro­ver­sial comments that some peo­ple in­ter­preted as a threat of vi­o­lence against his ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Mr Trump’s in­tended mes­sage on Au­gust 9 was not im­me­di­ately clear, but law­mak­ers, for­mer na­tional se­cu­rity of­fi­cials and other crit­ics ex­pressed con­cern that he had ad­vo­cated, pos­si­bly in jest, that Ms Clin­ton or her Supreme Court nom­i­nees could be shot by gun lob­by­ists.

“Hil­lary wants to essen­tially abol­ish the Sec­ond Amend­ment,” Mr Trump told a rally in Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina, re­fer­ring to the United States Con­sti­tu­tion’s clause that en­shrines the right to bear arms.

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

Mr Trump ear­lier ap­peared more fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing his typ­i­cal cam­paign stump speech about Ms Clin­ton, telling sup­port­ers she would rep­re­sent four more years of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, “but maybe worse”, and spar­ring with her over pol­icy.

“I gave a mas­sive tax de­crease yes­ter­day,” Mr Trump said, re­fer­ring to eco­nomic plans he un­veiled on Au­gust 8. “Clin­ton, she’s go­ing to dou­ble up your taxes.”

But then Mr Trump drew attention away from his mes­sage with his “Sec­ond Amend­ment” re­marks.

It was the lat­est in a long string of Trump trip-ups, in­clud­ing his clash with the par­ents of a Mus­lim Amer­i­can sol­dier killed in ac­tion, which have marred his cam­paign since he of­fi­cially won the nom­i­na­tion last month, and prompted sev­eral Repub­li­cans to re­ject his can­di­dacy.

Ms Clin­ton’s cam­paign de­cried Trump’s “dan­ger­ous” lan­guage and de­manded in a state­ment that pres­i­den­tial hopefuls “not sug­gest vi­o­lence in any way”.

Mr Trump’s team fired back to say the 70-year-old Man­hat­tan bil­lion­aire sim­ply meant that gun rights ad­vo­cates were a pow­er­ful vot­ing force who would be sup­port­ing the Repub­li­can can­di­date. –

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