“Words Mat­ter,” Clin­ton Says Of Trump’s Sec­ond Amend­ment Com­ment

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Hil­lary Clin­ton said on Wed­nes­day that she in­ter­preted her op­po­nent’s com­ment about gun-rights ad­vo­cates, seen by many as an in­dis­tinct ref­er­ence to po­lit­i­cal as­sas­si­na­tion, as his “ca­sual in­cit­ing of vi­o­lence” and “the lat­est in a long line of ca­sual com­ments from Don­ald Trump that cross the line.”

“Words mat­ter, my friends,” Clin­ton told a crowd of 1,650 in Des Moines, of­fer­ing her first pub­lic re­ac­tion to Trump’s sug­ges­tion to a crowd in North Carolina that Sec­ond Amend­ment back­ers might still be able to stop the for­mer sec­re­tary of state from ap­point­ing Supreme Court Jus­tices even if she is elected.

“Hil­lary wants to es­sen­tially abol­ish the Sec­ond Amend­ment,” he told sup­port­ers in Wilm­ing­ton, North Carolina, on Tues­day. “If she gets to pick her judges, there’s noth­ing you can do, folks. Although the Sec­ond Amend­ment peo­ple — maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Trump has since de­fended his re­mark, which prompted laughs from the crowd, as a ref­er­ence to the po­lit­i­cal power of the gun-rights move­ment.

Clin­ton did not dwell long on Trump’s re­mark in her speech, char­ac­ter­iz­ing the in­ci­dent as just as of­fen­sive as those he’s aimed at oth­ers, in­clud­ing Khizr and Ghaz­ala Khan, who spoke at the DNC and are the Mus­lim par­ents of a sol­dier killed in ac­tion.

“His ca­sual cru­elty to a Gold Star fam­ily, his ca­sual sug­ges­tion that more coun­tries should have nu­clear weapons and now his ca­sual in­cit­ing of vi­o­lence.

“Ev­ery sin­gle one of th­ese in­ci­dents shows us that Don­ald Trump sim­ply does not have the tem­per­a­ment to be pres­i­dent and com­man­der in chief of the United States,” Clin­ton ar­gued. “If you are run­ning to be pres­i­dent, or you are pres­i­dent of the United States, words can have tremen­dous con­se­quences.”

Trump made the re­mark on Tues­day. Clin­ton ig­nored ques­tions from the press later that day but her run­ning-mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, gath­ered re­porters in Texas to of­fer his own em­phatic re­sponse: “When I read the quote I couldn’t be­lieve he said it. It is a win­dow into the soul of a per­son who is just tem­per­a­men­tally not suited to the task.”

Clin­ton, mak­ing her first ap­pear­ance in Iowa since the cau­cuses six months ago, took the op­por­tu­nity to make a di­rect ap­peal for vot­ers turned off by Trump, build­ing on her new ini­tia­tive, launched Wed­nes­day morn­ing, aimed at Repub­li­can and In­de­pen­dent vot­ers, that her cam­paign is call­ing “To­gether For Amer­ica.”

Clin­ton said she’s been “hum­bled and moved” by Repub­li­cans who have spo­ken out against Trump — “not only as Repub­li­cans, but as Amer­i­cans” — as “USA” and “Stronger To­gether” signs bobbed in the air across the Lin­coln High School gym­na­sium. “We may not agree on ev­ery­thing,” she said, “but this is not a nor­mal elec­tion.”

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