The latest media spin is underway, as some of our finest liberal journalists are picking apart every statement by Donald Trump in a mad attempt to discredit him. Fortunately the only thing they are accomplishing is discrediting themselves as the so-called “unbiased” press and proving to the voters they are nothing more than the offensive line of the Democratic party.
At a rally today in North Caroline, Donald Trump was explaining how Hillary Clinton will be disastrous to the 2nd Amendment and how she will appoint anti-gun Supreme Court justices.
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” Trump began. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.” “But I’ll tell you what: that will be a horrible day. If Hillary gets to put her judges—right now we’re tied, you see what’s going on, we’re tied because Scalia—this was not supposed to happen, Justice Scalia was supposed to be around for ten more years at least. And now he’s gone.”
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was quick to pounce on their opportunity to twist and attempt to spin this statement into a “threat” against Clinton, implying that somehow Trump’s vague suggestion would be misconstrued to incite millions of gun owners to rise up in rebellion.
If Donald Trump had that sort of power, then this statement should be the least of Hillary’s concerns.
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 9, 2016
Jason Miller, Donald Trump’s spokesman, responded with his own statement in kind:
“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.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor
Even the NRA jumped in with a tweet supporting Donald Trump’s position on the both the 2nd Amendment and Hillary Clinton’s desire to appoint to anti-gun freedom judges.
— NRA (@NRA) August 9, 2016
Perhaps the media is trying their best to take away attention from the father of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen attending a Hillary Clinton rally (seated directly behind her), but the press is really grasping for straws on this on.
Breitbart News reports:
>On August 9 the Hillary Clinton campaign spun Donald Trump’s Second Amendment comments as a threat and Clinton surrogates quickly pounced, calling for a Secret Service investigation.
Trump was speaking in Wilmington, North Carolina.
He said, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment.” He added, “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook misinterpreted Trump’s statement and responded, saying, “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.”
Mook’s response is intended to take away from Trump’s main point–that Clinton wants to win the White House so she can fill Supreme Court vacancies with people who will help her “abolish the Second Amendment.” Mook’s response is basically a bait and switch–don’t worry about Clinton and the Supreme Court, worry about Trump suggesting violence.
Two things MUST be addressed here:
First, in the short of excerpt of the Wilmington speech–which the Clinton campaign isolated and pounced upon–Trump did not suggest violence. Rather, he spoke in a way that reveals he recognizes the role an armed citizenry plays as a check on tyranny. This is James Madison 101. In Federalist 46, Madison observed that Americans are exceptional because armed and the benefit of being armed is the ability to repel tyranny. Repelling a tyranny is a defensive action, not an offensive one. In this sense, Trump’s words–based on Lockean resistance–pales in comparison to the talk of political violence we heard in 2008 when Obama said, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Secondly, examining Trump’s statement in light of the full text, rather than the isolated excerpt, shows that his concern is with the danger gun rights and gun rights supporters will face if Clinton gets to pick Antonin Scalia’s replacement. The full text follows:
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. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But — but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day. If Hillary gets to put her judges — right now, we’re tied. You see what’s going on.
You see what’s going on? We [are] tied because Scalia – this was not suppose to happen. Justice Scalia was going to be around for ten more years at least and this is what happens. That was a horrible thing.
So now look at it. So Hillary essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment. Now, speaking to the NRA folks – who are great…and I’ll tell you, they endorsed me.
They endorsed me very early. My son’s a member. I’m a member.
…We can add I think the National Rifle Association, we can add the Second Amendment to the Justices – they almost go – in a certain way, hand in hand. Now the Justices are going to do things that are so important and we have such great Justices, you saw my list of 11 that have been vetted and respected.
Donald Trump is concerned about America’s future with an liberal, activist court–which is what Clinton would create. Robby Mook wants to distract from that concern by trying suggest Trump was urging violence.
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