Secret Service spoke to Trump about 'Second Amendment' remark

Cheryl Sanders
August 11, 2016

But it's unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred.

The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official.

Mr Trump sparked backlash after suggesting "Second Amendment people", or gun owners, could take action against her.

The controversy erupted on Tuesday afternoon when Trump said at a rally that Second Amendment defenders might be able to stop Clinton from appointing justices to the Supreme Court who could weaken gun rights. Reuters interviewed nine major Trump donors on Wednesday, and not one said his Second Amendment comment had given them pause.

"You've been put in an impossible position, as far as mines are concerned", Trump said, with little of the bombast his supporters have come to expect. "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know", he continued. But I'll tell you what: "that will be a frightful day".

The Secret Service's communications director Cathy Milhoan has not confirmed the conversations between the campaign and the Secret Service, but said in a statement Tuesday that "the U.S. Secret Service is aware of Mr. Trump's comments".

State Rep. Mike Ryhal, R-Myrtle Beach, who is backing Trump, agreed the media had twisted Trump's words, which were meant to urge gun rights advocates to vote against Clinton, he said. Republicans and the conservative movement have spent the past eight years trying to erode the political legitimacy of the twice-elected Democratic president.

"What Trump is saying is unsafe", campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. "And there can be no other interpretation".

Speaking at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Mrs Clinton said "words can have tremendous consequences".

"Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and commander in chief", she said.

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post saying the party was in "uncharted waters" and called for leaders to start looking for ways to remove Mr Trump from the ticket. This time, Trump did not deny he made the comments, but denied any responsibility for them, saying he was just quoting the Enquirer.

Mr Trump and his campaign did not treat his remark as a joke; instead, they insisted he was merely urging gun rights supporters to vote as a bloc against Mrs Clinton in November.

"This was a joke".

Hillary Clinton's campaign is stepping up its effort to bring on board Republicans and independent voters disenchanted with her Republican rival Donald Trump. "He had no idea that anybody would interpret his words that way. And now his casual inciting of violence", she said.

Giuliani offered up the favored explanation, that Trump was telling gun owners that they have the "power to keep [Clinton] out of office", but added a startling aside in an attempt to back up that interpretation.

"With a crowd like that, if that's what they thought he'd meant, they'd have gone wild", he said on ABC's "Good Morning America," referring to the possibility that Trump was advocating violence against Clinton.

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