WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Donald Trump’s campaign is saying the Republican nominee was touting the “amazing spirit” of Second Amendment supporters when he suggested they “could do” something to prevent Hillary Clinton as president from overturning the right to bear arms.
In North Carolina on Tuesday, Trump said that if Clinton were elected she would “essentially abolish” the Second Amendment.
“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
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Clinton’s campaign manager immediately denounced Trump’s remarks, saying that the Republican nominee was trying to incite violence.
“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,” Robby Mook said.
Trump’s communications director Jason Miller says the celebrity businessman was referring to the “power of unification.”
“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,” Miller said.
The U.S. Secret Service says they are investigating Trump’s comments.