Donald Trump seems to suggest shooting Hillary Clinton in flippant rally comment


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, on Aug. 9.
Image: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Donald Trump just might get a visit from the same Secret Service that is charged with protecting him.

On Tuesday, he seemed to casually suggest that, if his supporters aren’t able to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president via the ballot box, then perhaps they could just shoot her.

The Republican presidential nominee was stoking fears that Clinton will abolish the Second Amendment if she wins the presidency, and alluded that she would try to do this by nominating Supreme Court justices in favor of doing so.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he said. “Although the Second Amendment people maybe there is, I don’t know.”

That flippant comment alarmed a lot of people on Twitter. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) called for the Secret Service to investigate immediately what he called a threat on Clinton’s life. A spokesperson for the Secret Service told Mashable “we are aware of the [Trump] comment.”

And at least one person at the rally seemed to think Trump may have gone too far.

The Clinton campaign responded to the incident, calling Trump “dangerous.”

The Trump campaign said the candidate was simply talking about “unification.”

And it’s entirely possible he was, or was perhaps suggesting armed rebellion rather than assassination.

Of course…

Trump has also recently suggested that the presidential election might be “rigged,” which many have said is an attempt to undermine the United States’ basic democratic principles.

Update: Aug. 9 4:39 p.m. PT

Gabrielle Giffords, a former Democratic member of the House of Representatives who resigned in 2012 after surviving an assassination attempt, has responded to Trump’s remarks.

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