Did Donald Trump put a hit out on Hillary Clinton?
Well, that’s what some on the left are saying after The Don made the following statement addressing Hillary Clinton’s gun-control agenda.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina Tuesday, according to NBC News.
“By the way, and 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 continued.
For many, including the Hillary campaign, the latter part of the statement was viewed as a veiled threat to Clinton, as if Trump was insinuating that gun owners ought to assassinate the former Secretary of State.
“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,” said Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager.
On Twitter, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) doubled down on that thought, saying, “Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”
However, the Trump train was quick to dismiss claims that the GOP-presidential nominee was instigating violence against Clinton.
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” said Jason Miller, a Trump campaign spokesman. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
Indeed. Trump has received the support of the National Rifle Association, the nation’s largest pro-gun organization. Assuming that a large portion of its five million members show up at the polls to vote for Trump in November, it could tip the scales in his favor.
Of course, Trump has some ground to make up between now and then, as current polling has him trailing Clinton by as many as 10 points. Trump may be able to close in on Clinton if he performs well in the upcoming debates, which will be must-see TV.