By: Elena Grace Flores
Donald Trump is noted to be one of the presidentiables in the world who says something and mean another. Lately, he has been accused of a making an “assassination threat” against Hillary Clinton, bringing his presidential campaign into another plunge.
What do you think Trump meant by saying this?: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
Democrats. Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, condemned his remarks and said: “This is simple – what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”
Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut also tweeted: “Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”
Trump however denied the accusations to Sean Hannity on Fox News and explained that he was referring to the political movement around the Second Amendment.
Paul Begala, a former adviser to Bill Clinton in the White House said; “This is not something that should be joked about,” he told CNN. “I hope in the best case you could say he was joking. It didn’t seem like a joke to me. On the other hand, Tony Schwartz, the guy who wrote [Trump’s book] The Art of the Deal, says Trump never jokes.
It is now becoming a trend that when a remark from a political figure is unclear, the media is often blamed to defend their bet. Here are some comments about that:
Trump’s campaign insisted that his words had been misunderstood. Jason Miller, a spokesperson, attempted to explain the candidate’s comments. “It’s called the power of unification,” he said. “Second 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.”
Katie Pavlich, a prominent conservative writer who spoke at this year’s NRA annual meeting, also slammed the media’s coverage of Trump’s remarks, tweeting: “Media totally exposed itself (again) today by assuming Second Amendment supporters are assassins instead of voters.”
Pavlich wrote: “I’m not defending Trump or his comments, I’m defending Second Amendment supporters.”
Progressive pressure groups that have been watching the process closely joined the condemnation of Trump on Tuesday. Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, said: “There has been no shortage of inexcusable rhetoric from Trump, but suggesting gun violence is truly abhorrent. There is no place in our public discourse for this kind of statement, especially from someone seeking the nation’s highest office.”
Neil Sroka, communications director of Democracy for America, added: “Honestly, it’s a little unclear whether Donald Trump was calling for his supporters to assassinate a Clinton court pick or take up an armed insurrection against a government that allowed her to appoint one. Either way, the only thing more insane than electing someone president who blows this kind of violent dog whistle would be buying the furious spin coming out of his campaign trying to explain it away.”