If anything has ever deserved a Twitter roundup, it’s what happened today. In case you somehow missed it, Donald Trump said something odd and vague about Hillary Clinton and “Second Amendment people.” Here is what people are surmising.
First, the most common theory is that he was joking about someone shooting Clinton:
“Look, shooting Hillary Clinton isn’t the same as killing her. Like, someone could shoot to maim!” – Some Trump surrogate on cable later
— Jeffrey Young (@JeffYoung) August 9, 2016
just another day of “jokes” about murder from the Republican nominee
— Alana Russo (@alanarusso) August 9, 2016
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 9, 2016
Y’all. Y’ALL. A British MP was murdered in the lead up to Brexit. This is not something to take lightly.
— PCD (@pcdunham) August 9, 2016
Just called @SecretService re: “2nd Amendment people”:
“We’re familiar with the comment,” not yet prepared to make statement.
— Kevin Collier (@kevincollier) August 9, 2016
Others didn’t question that he called for violence, but wondered if the target was really Clinton:
It’s unclear from that clip whether Trump was calling on his supporters to kill Hillary Clinton or to kill liberal Supreme Court justices.
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) August 9, 2016
@philipaklein Amazing that this is the softer reading of the quote.
— Dave Brown (@dave_brown24) August 9, 2016
Clinton’s team put out a statement…
— Emily Cahn (@CahnEmily) August 9, 2016
…as did Trump’s:
Called that one: Trump statement blames media, doesn’t clarify or walk back 2A comment… pic.twitter.com/htzdnGXFJq
— Eli Stokols (@EliStokols) August 9, 2016
The reaction to the statement from Trump’s campaign, which claimed he was calling on 2A supporters to vote, was swift:
What Trump said was premised on Clinton having been elected — “if she gets to pick her judges….” Is this really all they’ve got?
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) August 9, 2016
Does Trump realize we saw the video? He said “If she gets to pick Supreme Court justices…” VOTING or whatever his excuse was doesn’t apply
— Dana Schwartz (@DanaSchwartzzz) August 9, 2016
— Mark Meredith (@markpmeredith) August 9, 2016
What do you think? Seriously, tell us. Tweet us or comment below.
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