“Three months from the presidential election, and one day after his running mate promised ‘specific policy proposals for how we rebuild this country at home and abroad,’ Americans find themselves asking whether Donald Trump has called for the assassination of Hillary Clinton,” as the New York Times is reporting in an editorial.
“On Tuesday at a rally in North Carolina, Mr. Trump falsely charged, as he has before, that ‘Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment.’ Then he added: ‘If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.’
“Directly behind him, a supporter’s jaw dropped. Afterward, Mr. Trump’s campaign issued an utterly mystifying statement about the ‘power of unification,’ suggesting that Mr. Trump was referring to the political power of Second Amendment supporters, and was not advocating violence. The National Rifle Association, which has endorsed Mr. Trump, concurred with his statement on Supreme Court justices and did not specifically address the rest of his remarks.
“Was it a threat? Mr. Trump’s campaign has been marked by extraordinarily combative rhetoric. At another rally, he said he would like to punch a protester in the face and see him leave ‘on a stretcher.’ His supporters have shouted ‘kill her’ when he mentions Mrs. Clinton. The Republican convention heard cries of ‘lock her up.’ A New Hampshire delegate, Al Baldasaro, called for Mrs. Clinton to ‘be put in the firing line and shot for treason.’
“That comment wound up on the Secret Service’s radar. Mr. Trump’s comment should as well.”
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