20% of Republicans Want Trump to Kick Rocks

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

Donald Trump was once again at the centre of a firestorm today, this time over controversial comments interpreted by some as a threat of violence against presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton.

"You get to a certain point in this business, you're not just responsible for what you say, you are responsible for what people hear and that might be a good lesson here". "Although the Second Amendment people maybe there is, I don't know", he said, in remarks that some deemed his most explosive and most offensive to date.

"I gave a massive tax decrease yesterday", Trump said, referring to economic plans he unveiled on Monday.

The Second Amendment protects the right of United States citizens to "keep and bear arms".

High-profile Republicans and rank-and-file voters appeared shaken on Wednesday after a string of Trump misfires, struggling with how to best reject his divisive candidacy.

Mr Trump denied that, saying on Twitter that "no such conversation" had ever happened.

Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was inciting violence.

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll taken between August 5th and 8th showed that almost one-fifth of 396 registered Republicans want Mr Trump to drop out of the race for the White House and another 10 per cent "don't know" whether the Republican nominee should or not. Maine Senator Susan Collins publicly stated that she will not endorse the candidate, and New York Republican Rep. Richard Hanna said he would vote for Clinton.

"It's wishful thinking to believe the Republicans are going to replace its nominee after the convention". But the supporter who introduced him, former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, sought to clarify the remarks, insisting Trump had not aimed to incite violence.

John Negroponte, former director of national intelligence under president George W Bush, and former Republican US representative Chris Shays of CT, were among those who announced their support yesterday. "He does and says everything my mom and dad taught me never to say and do".

Independents, a group that made up 31.8 percent of likely voters according to the poll, split very hard for Clinton. "A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way". "And, frankly, he's risky".

Other top Republicans, including Senator Susan Collins of ME, have disavowed Mr Trump.

Trump insisted in an interview with Fox News that his remarks were a call for political, not physical, action.

"I'm nearly at the point where I think I'm going to vote for Hillary". Trump weathered criticism within his own party for delaying endorsements of fellow Republicans and for a prolonged clash with the family of a fallen Muslim American U.S. Army captain.

But the Secret Service, tasked with protecting the president and presidential nominees, was taking Trump's remarks seriously and has spoken with Trump's campaign about them, CNN reported.

"He has dug himself a deep hole overall because he's allowed the race to become a referendum on his fitness to be president", said Republican strategist and Trump supporter Ford O'Connell.

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