If Hillary Clinton is elected president of the United States and pushes for the appointment of Supreme Court judges who would approve gun control measures, Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that gun rights advocates could take matters into their own hands.
“Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. And by the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump during a speech in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know,” Trump added in what seemed to be a thinly-veiled suggestion that gun advocates turn their weapons on his November opponent.
Many have interpreted the comments as a call to assassinate the Democratic nominee. “Don't treat this as a political misstep. It's an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy and crisis,” U.S. Senator from Connecticut Chris Murphy said in a post on Twitter.
“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,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.
Trying to cover up again for his remarks, Trump’s strategist Jason Miller said in a statement that the real estate billionaire was just suggesting that the gun lobby and its supporters should unify their vote against Clinton.
However, another Trump spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, said the Republican was merely suggesting an assassination "could" happen, not that it "should," according to the Huffington Post's Laura Bassett.
After facing one of the worst weeks of his campaign last week, Trump seems to be resorting to controversial remarks in order to reignite support from his base, who cheered his bigoted comments on Muslims and Mexicans earlier in his campaign.