Trump Adjusts Call For Clinton Bodyguards To Lose Their Guns

Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Donald Trump made his usual sarcastic call Friday for Hillary Clinton’s Secret Service agents to be stripped of their firearms — and then added, “let’s see what happens to her.”

Trump has long incorrectly suggested his Democratic opponent wants to overturn the Second Amendment and take away Americans’ right to own guns. At a rally in Miami, he again riffed about confiscating the agents’ guns and then went further.

“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right?” Trump asked the crowd. “Take their guns away, she doesn’t want guns. Take their — and let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away. OK, it would be very dangerous.”

Trump’s meaning was not immediately clear and a campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for an elaboration.

But the Clinton campaign had a quick reaction. Spokesman Robby Mook released a statement Friday night saying Trump “has a pattern of inciting people to violence. Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of Commander in Chief.

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia. (Photo credit SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

“This kind of talk should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate,” Mook wrote.

A spokeswoman for the Secret Service declined to comment.

The seemingly ominous comment evoked a remark Trump made last month that many Democrats condemned as a call for Clinton’s assassination. Speaking at a rally in North Carolina, the Republican nominee erroneously said his opponent wants to “abolish, essentially, the Second Amendment.”

He continued: “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Within minutes, the Clinton campaign condemned the remark. Mook said then, “A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

Trump later disputed that criticism, saying everyone in his audience knew he was referring to the power of voters and “there can be no other interpretation.”

Trump, who has the endorsement of the National Rifle Association, eventually took to Twitter to say the Secret Service had not contacted him about the remarks.

The comments Friday in Miami came hours after Trump finally reversed his long-held position that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Appearing in Washington, he said Obama was born in the United States but then incorrectly suggested that the Clinton campaign had started the conspiracy theory.

Trump ignored questions from reporters about his switch and has yet to explain why he abandoned the “birther” stance that fueled his political fame and was viewed by critics as an attempt to delegitimize the nation’s first African-American president.

While campaigning in South Florida, which has a large Cuban-American population, Trump also said that if he’s elected president, he will reverse Obama’s efforts to normalize relations with Cuba — unless the country abides by certain “demands.” Among those, he said, would be religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of all political prisoners.

Trump says he’ll “stand with the Cuban people in their fight against communist oppression.”

The comment marks yet another reversal for the GOP candidate, who previously said he supported the idea of normalized relations, but wished the U.S. had negotiated a better deal.

Trump also said the U.S. has a broader obligation to stand with oppressed people — a comment that seems at odds with his “America first” mantra. “The next president of the United States must stand in solidarity with all people oppressed in our hemisphere, and we will stand with oppressed people, and there are many,” he said.

He added that the people of Venezuela “are yearning to be free, they are yearning for help. The system is bad. But the people are great.”

Trump has often cited the country as a model of a failed state, warning that if Clinton is elected, she’ll turn the U.S. into Venezuela.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. American says:

    Saying Hilary wants to take everyones guns is like saying anyone that supports a driver’s licence is coming to take away all your cars and trucks.

  2. American says:

    ” I support the ban on assault weapons and I support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. With today’s Internet technology we should be able to tell within 72 hours if a potential gun owner has a record.” Donald Trump before he decided to pretend he was a conservative to appeal to the uneducated.

    1. anon1 says:

      Your so called conservatives have generated endless wars and trillions in debt. Wake up from your failed conservative hashtag a new movement has taken over. #alt-right #Trump-Pence 2016

  3. anon1 says:

    I agree Hillary should set the example she wants others to live by. Disarm your bodyguards and give all Middle East donated money back. #hypocrite

    1. Concerned American says:

      Obese windbag Trump does not allow guns in his Hotels or his office. You got conned by a stupid conman fool. Sad, sad, ssd, sad,

  4. ELaw says:

    Trump: America’s Putin.

  5. Raylan12 says:

    This is just a bunch of bull-**** from the lap dog, pro Sickly Hillary media. She is too ill with all her hidden medical issues to actually campaign, so the media needs to gin up non stories to make them sound like issues. Sickly Hypocrite Hillary should disarm her body guards and prove her point that no one actually needs a fire arm since that’s what she believes.
    That clown, Maura Healey should join her since she believes the same thing. Set an example for all your loony anti-gun nazi followers. While they are at it, they can hand out “This home proudly does not own a firearm” signs to their loser supporters so they can put them on their front lawns.

    1. retardlicons says:

      sounds like you are ill Cletus

      Don’t talk like that about our next President.

      Trumpler does not allow guns in his hotels or his offices.

  6. huitecouture says:

    Stupidity. Everyone knows that we’ve been saying for YEARS that the politicians are hypocrites who are protected by and even CARRY weapons (Feinstein). You want citizens to be disarmed? Start with YOURSELF.

    1. Concerned American says:

      Stupidity is you, Hillary has never called for a ban on guns.

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