Donald’s Trump little experiment with civilized conduct didn’t last long. He’s now calling for the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
OK, you might call that an exaggeration. I would not. You might say he didn’t mean it, or not literally, or whatever you might want to say. But it’s so, so far beyond the pale to say anything even remotely encouraging to would-be assassins.
In case you haven’t heard about it yet, today, in Wilmington, North Carolina, in trying to warn his audience of the horrors that a Clinton presidency might impose upon our great nation, he said:
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” and then, as the audience started to boo the horrible fate that would await them, he added: “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The Second Amendment, I suspect you know, is the right to keep and bear arms. What is that people who bear arms might be able to do to prevent a President Clinton from appointing judges that non-Second Amendment people can’t do?
Give me a break.
Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller, and wouldn’t you love to have his job, came to the rescue with this explanation:
Second 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 Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.
Is this a new low? It’s hard to tell, considering some of what’s gone before. Maybe First Amendment people need to speak, and pray, and assemble, and publish, and petition the government to do something about it.
Here’s the full text of the speech that contained the remark, and in which he said of Clinton:
if she gets elected, she will cause the destruction of this country from within. Remember that. Remember that.
And one more Wednesday morning addition: New York Times columnist (and Minnesota native) Thomas Friedman tales the occasion of Trump’s statement to review the analogous incitement by various leaders of the Israeli right that contributed to the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin by a lone gunman who believed it was necessary to save his country.