Donald Trump’s comments have, yet again, landed him in hot water.
During a campaign rally in Wilmington, N.C., the Republican nominee made the case as to why he would be a better president than the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Trump brought up the point that if Clinton were to be elected president, she would have the power to choose the next Supreme Court judges. With her potential selections, Trump accused Clinton of trying to “abolish” the Second Amendment, which is the right to bear arms. He then made a chilling comment about the only way she could be stopped in her alleged quest to affect gun rights in America.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said.
Trump’s comment shocked the nation, because many felt as though this could have been a potential assassination threat against Clinton. The Secret Service even stepped in and confirmed they were “aware” of Trump’s comments.
Trump’s campaign, however, fought back against the criticism and stated that the businessman was simply referring to the power of Second Amendment supporters uniting to vote against Clinton.
Despite Trump making the comments on Tuesday, they are still being discussed and criticized the day after. One of the most scathing reviews of Trump’s words came from former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather, whom referred to Trump as reaching a “new low.”
“By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?” Rather wrote in a Facebook post.
No matter what Trump truly meant, no presidential candidate should ever make comments that could be interpreted as potential threats. Too many times, Trump has made outrageous comments and simply said he was misunderstood by the media. It has already been proven that no matter what Trump says or does, he will not lose his core group of supporters. However, his slipping poll numbers indicate that with each new, shocking comment he makes, he is losing a large amount of Independent and undecided voters, which could end up costing him the election.