Paulsen on Trump's Second Amendment comment: 'Words matter'

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2016

"And you look at the power they have in terms of votes and that's what I was referring to, obviously that's what I was referring to, and everybody knows it". "That will be a terrible day". The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee said Trump's suggestion of "gun violence" is unacceptable.

And on Wednesday, Trump didn't mention the Second Amendment flare-up.

"(Cruz's) father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald being, you know, shot", Trump said in May of the father of his primary rival Ted Cruz, citing an article in the tabloid National Enquirer.

Records matter. Trump has a history of making false statements like his claim that Clinton wants to repeal the Second Amendment. He later backed off those statements, telling CBS News, "I don't condone violence".

He said: "Give me a break". He could have phrased it a million different ways.

And in recent months Clinton has repeatedly said that "legitimate" Second Amendment rights should be "protected" while she advocated for laws to keep guns from people prohibited by law from owning guns. While a victory for Trump in the Keystone State would be the first time a Republican has won there in more than a quarter century, it's the billionaire businessman's most probable path to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. People are taking it way out of context.

"Nobody in that room thought anything other than what you just said", Trump told Hannity.

"He should have never said that, it's instigating".

"Donald Trump lost me a long time ago", said Shays.

"The way I took it is that the people who are for the Second Amendment. aren't going to allow the judges or the Supreme Court to tell them that they can not bear arms or have guns". He suggested "Second Amendment people" could respond to Clinton's judicial appointments, then added, "I don't know".

The U.S. Secret Service, which provides security details for both Trump and Clinton and rarely comments on political matters, said when asked for a response to Trump: "The Secret Service is aware of the comment".

"I really don't think it will affect his chances, because I think what America's looking for now is honesty and straightforwardness", Bolling said. "It sounds like just a joke going bad". For him, everything is a reality show.

If you watch his face, in fact, you can pinpoint the exact moment the enormity of what Trump is saying dawns on him.

The National Rifle Association, the gun lobby that has endorsed Mr Trump, came to his defence, writing on Twitter that "there's nothing we can do" if Mrs Clinton is elected, urging voters to defeat her in November. "I promise. I promise", Trump told his supporters in February. "Hillary won't threaten anybody and he won't threaten anybody. (.) There can be no other interpretation". "I'm not here to take away your guns".

And Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she could not support Trump because of his "constant stream of cruel comments".

"He comes off as an entertainer", he said. "It seems more like a publicity stunt than politics".

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