While Hillary Clinton’s campaign feigns outrage over Donald Trump’s comment about protecting the Second Amendment from an activist Supreme Court, it’s unclear whether her own campaign distanced itself from their own candidate in 2008 when she implied Barack Obama could be assassinated as the justification for her staying in the primary race.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said during a North Carolina rally on Tuesday, NBC reports.
“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.”
Likely trying to shift the conversation away from the Orlando terrorist’s father attending Hillary’s rally the previous day, the Clinton campaign attempted to claim Trump was advocating for the assassination of Clinton.
“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,” spooked campaign manager Robby Mook said, according to CNBC.
But Clinton’s campaign didn’t speak up when she implied the reason she was staying in the primary process so long in 2008 was that Obama could be assassinated.
“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right?” Clinton told a South Dakota newspaper editorial board. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it.”
Trump later clarified his remarks, tweeting, “Media is desperate to distract from Clinton’s anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!”
Media desperate to distract from Clinton's anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016