Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton attacked her Republican opponent on Wednesday for casually “inciting violence” with his Second Amendment comment. Trump insinuated that gun activists could stop Clinton from nominating U.S. Supreme Court justices with liberal views.
“Words matter, my friends,” Clinton said at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa. “And if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences,” she added.
The former secretary of state said Trump’s latest remark was one of many that cross the line.
The comments from the Democratic nominee added to the growing concern over Trump’s remarks made at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday. Many interpreted the remark as a call for violence against Clinton. Republicans are growing increasingly concerned about Trump’s ability to stay on track.
Trump defended his comments, stating, “There is tremendous political power to save the Second Amendment, tremendous. And you look at the power they have in terms of votes.” Trump added that he was referring to the power of Second Amendment activists’ votes.
“That’s what I was referring to, obviously that’s what I was referring to, and everybody knows it.”
Clinton’s campaign is taking advantage of Trump’s missteps, reaching out to disenchanted Republicans through an intraparty outreach effort.