He’s trolling. He fucking has to be trolling. Donald J. Trump, the world’s least qualified alleged billionaire to ever run for president, just told the gun lovers in his party’s base that if they don’t like how the election turns out, they can just murder Hillary Clinton.
“It she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” – Donald J. Trump
Think I’m being hyperbolic? Check this shit out, via NBC News’ Twitter feed.
Trump: There’s nothing you can do if Clinton picks judges — "although the 2nd Amendment people, maybe there is." https://t.co/QeRQpi0Jix
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 9, 2016
Now, in the interest of my integrity, I have to report that Team Stupid is already walking back Trump’s allusion to assassination. At least I think that’s what they’re trying to do. It’s honestly pretty hard to tell. You tell me what the hell they’re saying here.
“It’s called the power of unification,” Jason Miller, campaign spokesman, said in an email sent by the rapid response team. “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.” (source)
So, mind you I don’t speak fluent Trumpese, but I did eat spicy food last night, so my ass has been for the last few hours. If I’m not mistaken, Miller’s saying that Trump isn’t joking about Hillary getting killed, he’s just using language that fires up people who might or might not feel that the Second Amendment gives them extra special powers. Political power, power to rise up against their government if they don’t like the results of an election, same/same to Team Trump.
Honestly, I don’t know how anyone watching that clip of Trump doesn’t think he meant to put killing Hillary on the table as an option. In fact, our good pal Jeremy White tweeted out this vine and it seems to show that in the room Trump’s joke didn’t feel like a joke…at least to the dude who looks over at his wife and raises and eyebrow while he seems to say, “Woah.”
This guy in red shirt is like, "OMG! The power of unification!"https://t.co/3LTVBOY6WV
— Jeremy White (@comicref) August 9, 2016
Look, at this point I don’t know how much good it does to analyze and hyper-analyze the words that come out of Trump’s mouth anymore. We’ve pretty much figured out by now that his working mantra is “Say dumb/crazy/unconstitutional shit, get called out on it, walk it back, depend on supporters to turn a blind eye because ‘Hillary Clinton.'” So fretting or wringing our hands over the latest or even the next completely outlandish and ridiculous thing he’s going to say is pointless.
What I think should be the focus from here on out, every time he opens his mouth and says something horrendous, is to find the nearest Republican — doesn’t matter if they’re an elected official. Pin them to the Trump comment. Make them own it; make them own him in fact. Because it’s become crystal clear that Donald has no compunction about saying anything he damn well pleases at any time. Attempting to get a genuine apology out of him for anything he says is an effort about as useful as thawing an ice cube in an igloo.
But if we can keep hammering away at the rational Republicans — assuming they exist and aren’t hiding from the villagers they gave pitchforks and torches to for the last couple decades — then maybe we can simply shame them into staying home in November. They don’t have to vote for Hillary in order for Trump to lose; they just need to not vote for Trump. Bombarding them with his comments, rants, and lunatic spew-a-thons might force them to confront what they’ve let their party become.
Whether or not looking themselves in the mirror elicits change from the GOP is anyone’s guess. You’d think that the party that Honest Abe got off the ground wouldn’t even go in for a guy who wants to keep Muslims out of the country and that wants to erect a massive wall simply because his base is a-scurred of Mexicans. But well, this isn’t really Abe’s party anymore is it? Because if it was, I highly doubt they’d put up with any of his bullshit. Can you imagine a candidate like Trump in any other era up on stage with Republican titans like Reagan, Eisenhower, or even Dubya — who Trump makes look like captain of the debate team?
I think I’ll leave the last comment on this particular assassigaffe to my good pal Jeremy again. I think he pretty much hit the nail on the head, don’t you?
If you can't joke about political assassinations in the Party of Lincoln, where the hell can you joke about political assassinations?
— Jeremy White (@comicref) August 9, 2016
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