Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has developed a reputation for making controversial statements, veered into controversy yet again over the second amendment during a rally yesterday in North Carolina.
Trump spoke about the possibility of Hilary Clinton appointing a liberal judge justice to the Supreme Court if elected president and claimed that she wants to “abolish” the second amendment in the constitution over the right to carry weapons, a claim that Clinton vehemently denies.
“By the way, and if she gets the pick, if she gets the pick of her judges, nothing you can do folks” Trump said in North Carolina.
“Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know” Trump continued.
Trump came under heavy criticism for that remark which appeared to some that he was blowing a dog whistle to Second Amendment people to take dramatic action against Hilary Clinton.
Trump’s campaign later issued a statement lamenting the “dishonest media” and said Trump’s words were about “power of unification” for 2nd Amendment people.
“It’s called the power of unification- 2nd 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 Hilary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump” said Jason Miller, Senior Communication Manager of the Trump campaign in a released statement.
Hilary Clinton’s campaign criticized Trump’s controversial statement which some people interpreted as an open call to arms to assassinate Clinton or a future liberal judge.
“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” wrote Clinton campaign manager Robbie Mook in a released statement.
The New York Daily News called upon Donald Trump to end his presidential campaign and wrote, “This Isn’t A Joke Anymore” in their headline.
— Hillary Clinton (@VoteHillary2016) August 10, 2016
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Recent general election polls show Hilary Clinton continues to maintain her lead over Donald Trump.
A Bloomberg poll released today shows Clinton with +6 point lead.
A WSJ/NBC/Marist poll released today shows Trump with a + 5 lead in Ohio, a +11 lead in Pennsylvania, and a + 4 point lead in Iowa. All three states are important states in the general election.
Yesterday an Economist/YouGov poll gave Clinton a +7 point lead and an NBC/SM poll showed Clinton with a +10 advantage.