Donald Trump said on Tuesday, that it “will be a horrible day” if the “Second Amendment people” have to prevent Hillary Clinton from “essentially abolish[ing] the Second Amendment.”
During a campaign rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump said, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.”
“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know. but I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day,” Trump added.
Later in the day on CNN political commentator and Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany attempted to explain Trump’s comment saying, “I think [Trump] is referring to the fact that the National Rifle Association is the most powerful lobby hands down in the United States. So if anyone can stop a very anti-Second Amendment agenda, it would be the NRA and second amendment folks. And I think when he talks about Hillary wanting to roll back the Second Amendment, he’s referring to how she doesn’t like the Supreme Court jurisprudence on the Second Amendment.”
Jason Miller, Trump’s senior communications adviser, said in a statement: “It’s called the power of unification – 2nd 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.”
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook took a different approach: “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.”