Trump blames media for ‘gun threat’ row

Trump blames media for ‘gun threat’ row
August 11 05:48 2016

Republican Donald Trump has blamed the media after being
accused of urging supporters to kill his Democratic rival for
the White House, Hillary Clinton.
He told Fox News “dishonest” reporters had twisted his
remarks, which appeared to suggest that gun rights
advocates could stop Mrs Clinton if elected.
The businessman-turned-politician denied incitement and
said he was exhorting his supporters to vote.

The comments on Tuesday afternoon sparked a firestorm of
criticism.
Some interpreted his comments as a dark suggestion that
gun owners could take up arms against Mrs Clinton, while
others said they were at the very least irresponsible remarks
that could have violent consequences.
The highest-ranked Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan,
said it was an inappropriate joke.
And Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said it was a
death threat by a “pathetic coward” who was sore because
he was trailing in the polls to a woman.

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The controversial remarks were made at a rally in
Wilmington, North Carolina, and refer to a future president’s
power to nominate a judge to fill a vacancy on the US
Supreme Court.

The Republican presidential nominee said of his Democratic
opponent: “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the
Second Amendment, by the way, and if she gets to pick her
judges, nothing you can do, folks.
”But the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t
know.

“
The Second Amendment enshrines the right to bear arms in
the US Constitution, and there is no evidence that Mrs
Clinton wants to abolish it, although she does want to
tighten some restrictions.
Within minutes of him uttering the words, the criticism began
to mount and Mr Trump issued a statement saying he was
referring to the political power of gun rights advocates.

Hours later, Fox News host Sean Hannity told him the media
had been “spinning it” differently.
Mr Trump answered by saying there could be no other
interpretation of his words other than the one he had given.
”Even reporters have told me, I mean give me a break. But
they’re dishonest people.

“What it is is there’s a tremendous power behind the Second
Amendment.
”It’s a political power, and there are few things so powerful,
I have to say, in terms of politics.”
Mr Trump’s remarks come after eight days of negative
headlines and falling poll numbers.
Some leading Republicans have said they cannot vote for
him in November’s presidential election because of his
controversial comments and his hardline stance on
immigration.

(BBC)