One of the most politically damaging episodes in Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s illustrious campaign has been the controversy over his remark that “Second Amendment people” could be the last chance to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices after she wins the presidency, a remark that was widely seen as a joke about a possible assassination. That was, at the very least, the interpretation of Trump’s own party’s leadership.
As is turns out, this might not have been Trump’s first foray into assassination humor. During his flirtation with running for president in the last presidential election, Trump was giving a speech in Boca Raton, Florida when a loud bang came from offstage, which prompted Trump to make the following ad-lib:
Although there’s not much to go on in the way of context for Trump’s quip, his improvised response does seem to recall a much more explicit joke by then-candidate Mike Huckabee in May of 2008, also coincidentally about the Second Amendment:
That was Barack Obama. He just tripped off a chair. He’s getting ready to speak and somebody aimed a gun at him and he — he dove for the floor.
Unfortunately, Trump didn’t elaborate on the meaning of his joke, but it doesn’t seem likely he was joking about President Obama using a firearm.
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