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Trump: ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Stop Clinton from Appointing Liberal Judges

Trump blames the media for the notion that he called for the assassination of Hillary Clinton.

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pushing back against the notion that he suggested American gun owners do something to stop his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, from  appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to boos from a crowd in Wilmington, North Carolina, referencing the constitutional amendment that allows citizens to carry guns. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he said, adding “...though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.”

Backlash to the seeming suggestion that gun owners who oppose Clinton could actually shoot her to stop her from appointing a justice was immediate. In a statement, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said, “This is simple -- what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is pushing back against the notion that he suggested American gun owners do something to stop his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, from  appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said to boos from a crowd in Wilmington, North Carolina, referencing the constitutional amendment that allows citizens to carry guns. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he said, adding “…though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Backlash to the seeming suggestion that gun owners who oppose Clinton could actually shoot her to stop her from appointing a justice was immediate. In a statement, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said, “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

As outrage over the comment picked up on social media, Trump’s campaign blamed the whole incident on the “dishonest media.” He put out this statement in response.

Photo credit: SARA D. DAVIS/Getty Images

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