In what may be a new low in a campaign built almost entirely on lows, Donald Trump yesterday remarked that backed by the “2nd amendment people”, something can be done to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming President who will appoint pro-gun control Supreme Court Justices.
The not-so subtle suggestion that someone take violent action against Mrs. Clinton has rightfully upset many sane, reasonable people who don’t believe shooting your political opponent is a good idea.
Now, along with the FBI, the Secret Service is looking to weigh in on the very serious and threatening language used by Trump in the speech.
According to CNBC, “Threats against Clinton are covered by a special section of the US Criminal Law Code given her status as the wife of a former President and a major party presidential nominee.” Under the Secret Service code, there is a possibility that Trump’s treasonous language could land him up to 5 years in prison.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, herself a victim of gun violence, offered one of the more reasonable and thoughtful responses from the progressive side today:
“Donald Trump might astound Americans on a routine basis, but we must draw a red line between political speech and suggestions of violence. Responsible, stable individuals won’t take Trump’s rhetoric to its literal end, but his words may provide a magnet for those seeking infamy. They may provide inspiration or permission for those bent on bloodshed.”
CNN just confirmed:
“A US Secret Service official confirms to CNN that the USSS has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his Second Amendment comments.”
“There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, the official told CNN. But it’s unclear at what level in the campaign structure the conversations occurred.
The campaign told the USSS that Donald Trump did not intend to incite violence, according to the official.
“No such meeting or conversation ever happened,” Trump tweeted in response to CNN’s report.
I’m hoping the Secret Service and FBI are taking this very seriously. I’m have little faith that there isn’t a large chunk of Trump supporters that might take Trump up on this suggestion and do something crazy and tragic.