Trump appears to encourage gun owners to take action if Clinton appoints anti-gun judges

From The Washington Post:

The mogul said that Clinton “wants to abolish, to essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” a charge she has flatly denied. He said that if Clinton becomes president, she could appoint judges who would leave Americans nearly helpless on this front.

“By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump warned. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

It was not clear whether Trump was inciting gun owners to use their weapons against judges or a sitting president, or was encouraging some other action.

Trump campaign senior communications adviser Jason Miller released a statement shortly after the comment, swatting down the idea that the mogul was suggesting any form of violence.

“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” Miller said in the statement. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”

Clinton’s campaign was also swift to respond to Trump’s comments.

“This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a Clinton supporter and staunch gun-control advocate, said on Twitter: “Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”

Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.

— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 9, 2016

Other political candidates have stoked controversy in the past by suggesting that Americans use the Second Amendment …

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