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What Trump Said about ‘2nd Amendment People’ and How America Responded

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Less than 90 days to go until Election Day and a presidential candidate hinted at the assassination of their rival ...

Wait, whaaat?

The story

So, there is talk swirling around the unfilled Supreme Court seat. Some believe Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton may appoint a judge that is against the 2nd Amendment--which the Supreme Court has ruled allows for the right to bear arms--because of the ever-growing threat posed by American gun violence.

And naturally, gun rights activists are worried about losing some rights to own and carry certain weapons if Clinton is elected and the issue comes before the Supreme Court.

And then...

What Trump said

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said this at a rally on Tuesday:

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment. 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.”

Here's video for you to hear it yourself:

Trump didn't say it outright, but many perceived it as a way of hinting at an assassination of his rival by gun rights activists who want to keep their rights. A Trump adviser is actually being investigated by the Secret Service today over a remark on executing Clinton.

What Clinton said

The Clinton campaign responded right away:

"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."

See for yourself:

Some may say her campaign's comments are a bit hypocritical at best. Clinton is often characterized as a "hawk" (someone who is quick to call for military action in foreign policy) and often threatens violence in the way of war and conflict.

What the political world, and Americans are saying

Social media blew up almost immediately after Trump's comments.

He's said some dicey things in the past and called them jokes afterwards--now people are saying this is rather serious.

Democrats spoke out.

Clinton commented in public, saying "words matter."

Trump attempted to clarify his words. He blamed the media for being dishonest and misreporting what he really said. Trump told Fox News he was talking about how the "Second Amendment people" are a political movement.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) responded, siding with Trump's clarification.

Other Republicans chimed in.

What the Secret Service said

The Secret Service is a law enforcement agency that is focused on protecting the president and the vice president, as well as major candidates for office and many other elected officials.

When someone threatens violence against someone the Secret Service serves, they take it rather seriously. So, when Trump said what he said, everyone looked to the Secret Service.

And then the Secret Service actually tweeted. 2016, man.

Word went out that the Secret Service may have talked to the Trump campaign about his 2nd Amendment comments around Clinton.

Then Trump called out that report.

But ...

Did the Secret Service talk to Trump, or didn't they?

Should Donald Trump be investigated for his remarks about "2nd Amendment people"?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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What Trump Said about ‘2nd Amendment People’ and How America Responded

Patrick deHahn

Patrick deHahn is a freelance international news reporter, having contributed to The Atlantic online and Mic. He's worked at CNNMoney, the New York Daily News, and Voice of America. Patrick loves tweeting, reading, and grabbing coffee in either New York or Washington D.C. Tweet anything on politics or world conflict to him! Follow: @patrickdehahn.

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