Donald Trump says ‘Second Amendment people’
may be the only check on Clinton judicial appointments
At a rally in Wilmington, N.C. on Tuesday, Trump addressed his opponent's support for new gun control measures.
"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said. (That's not true, even if you include the word "essentially.") "And if she gets to pick..." he continued, "if she gets to pick her judges: Nothing you can do, folks.
"Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is," he added. "I don't know. But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day."
To be very clear: Trump is referring to remedies for judicial picks made by Hillary Clinton once she takes office. The remedy he proposes is that the "Second Amendment people" -- gun owners -- deal with it. There are at least two plausible ways to read this: Either Trump is casually suggesting that a sitting president could be shot or he's arguing that gun owners engage in armed conflict with federal officials sent to collect their weapons.
Trump's comments are without precedent in a modern presidential campaign. For weeks, he's argued without evidence that the election will be "rigged" against him, comments that seem to suggest that he won't accept a general election result that has him losing. (As polls currently suggest could well happen.) And he's argued before that Supreme Court picks are a key reason to support him. but even a joking implication that a political opponent be killed is exceptional. (The Washington Post, August 9, 2016)