Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been closely monitored by his campign team after a string of off-script comments cost Trump vital support from undecided voters. This on-message Trump, pundits say, looks more presidential.
Yet this week ends with a new line of commentary that has fans of the old (and unpredictable) Trump celebrating the return of the brash candidate who says exactly what he feels. His opponents though, claim Trump is calling for Clinton’s assassination.
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On Friday night, Trump attacked Clinton’s support of the Second Amendment. He echoed his earlier calls for her to live up to the expectation she has set for average Americans. Trump suggests that Clinton should disarm her very-well-armed security detail.
“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right?” Trump asked the crowd at a Miami rally.
A summary of Trump’s argument seems to logically point out a hypocrisy that Clinton ignores. She relies on Secret Service agents to protect her, yet works to prevent Americans from protecting themselves. Yet Trump’s actual words are seen as much more inflammatory.
After suggesting that she disarm her guards, Trump said, “let’s see what happens to her.”
“Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their — and let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away. OK, it would be very dangerous.”
Clinton campaign spokesman Robby Mook released a statement saying Trump “has a pattern of inciting people to violence. Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of Commander in Chief. This kind of talk should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate.”
Last month, Trump was criticized for joking about a Clinton assassination. “By the way, 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 continues to insist this comment was meant as a testament to the power of unified voting habits of politically minded gun owners. No word yet on how he’ll spin his latest comments.