I was just waiting for it. I knew, just knew it would happen sooner or later, and today it happened. Donald Trump was speaking (they really should not let him do that) at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, when he made the following statement:
“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he said, adding “…though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
This, to me, sounds ominously like a call for gun owners to take matters into their own hands and make sure that Hillary is not elected. Within minutes of this statement showing up in the media, the Trump campaign issued a ‘clarification’, saying that what he meant was that gun owners should vote in a “tremendously unified” way and in “record numbers” against Clinton. Perhaps that was exactly what he meant … or perhaps not. The word is a funny thing. Once spoken, it cannot be unspoken. In this case, whether he was calling on gun owners to ‘take up arms’ against Ms. Clinton, or merely to vote against her in November … how many gun fanatics are out there who will hear this as a call, as encouragement, to take aim on Hillary Clinton in the violent sense of the word? Whatever he ‘meant’, it was an irresponsible, if not criminally negligent statement.
I have said before that Trump is not well-spoken. His speech tends to be that of a high-school freshman and often what he says is left to interpretation. More often what he says has no meaning, as he speaks in phrases rather than fully developed sentences, and repeats those phrases ad nauseam. But, if you watch the video of the moment, his facial expression and the way he quickly ended that line of thought, I cannot help but wonder if this time he actually said precisely what he meant. I guarantee that if Hillary Clinton had made the exact same comment, the media and the Republicans would be all over it like barnacles on an old boat! And if I made that statement in a public venue, I would probably find myself in the back of a police car within minutes!
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said, “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.” He is right, of course, but I wagered my daughter several months ago that before it was over, he would say something along these lines. Any man who says “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters,” has no sense of what is appropriate and what is not. Any man who says he would “take out their [terrorists] families,” does not place value on human life. And any man who says, “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell you that,” in reference to a protester, someone who had the unmitigated gall to disagree with him, does not need to be in a position of global power.
Recently, Trump suggested that Hillary is ‘not fit’ for the office of president:
“Unstable Hillary Clinton, lacks the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead this country — and I believe that so strongly. She’s really pretty close to unhinged, and you’ve seen, you’ve seen it a couple times. The people in the background know it, the people who know her know it and she’s like an unbalanced person.”
If ever there was an example of “the pot calling the kettle black” this is it. Let the people be the judge of who has the ‘temperament and moral character’ to lead this nation. I have never heard Ms. Clinton threaten to cause physical harm to another individual, nor have I heard her make any of the violent types of remarks that have become the trademark of Trump and his minions. I shudder to think of what happens if Trump’s thin skin is punctured by the likes of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, or Xi Jinping.
Give him the rope and let him hang himself. So far, he is doing a pretty darned good job of it. What does it take, how outrageous does he have to get, before his supporters see him for the madman he is? Or, is there method to his madness? Stay tuned … I am sure we have not heard the end of the story.