Today, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump seemed to urge gun owners to “take action” against Hillary Clinton if she is elected because she may take away their 2nd Amendment rights. The controversial comments during his speech were made at his Wilmington, N.C. rally. Democrats quickly attacked the comment. “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Trump’s senior communications adviser, Jason Miller, redirected the comment to voting power, not a call for violence. His statement said, “It’s called the power of unification – 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
Republicans Sign Letter That They Won’t Support Trump
This gaffe of Trump’s came the day after he responded to a Republican letter signed by 50 former government officials warning the nation that Trump “would be the most reckless president in American history” and that they would not be voting for him. Those signers weren’t ordinary Republicans, but a who’s who of Washington. Included among them were former CIA and NSA director, Michael V. Hayden, and Robert B. Zoellick and John D. Negroponte both who served as deputy secretaries of state. The letter categorically opposes Trump, but is not necessarily pro Clinton. Some of the signatories commented that they will take a ‘wait and see’ approach before deciding to either cast their vote for Clinton or not vote at all.
Trump dismissed the letter in his response, late Monday. He said in a phone call to Fox News that the Republican signatories were, “nothing more than the failed Washington elite looking to hold onto their power.”