**The Short of It:**
Donald Trump did a campaign stop in North Carolina on Tuesday and in a comment that addressed gun rights supporters, raised the possibility of using their guns to prevent Clinton from picking judges for the Supreme Court. No one's surprised that the presidential candidate had something else that was ridiculous to say, but this time everyone's getting upset.
**The Longer Version:**
Thank Trump for the brow wrinkles you'll be stuck with after the 2016 Election, folks. This comment has eyebrows raising from the Left and Right.
At a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate made a comment that seemed to encourage Second Amendment advocates to take matters into their own hands and shoot Hillary Clinton should she be elected president and left with the decision to appoint a judge who might favor stricter gun control laws.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Mr. Trump said to a jeering crowd. “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know,” he added.
It may have been a slightly indirect remark, but Democrats and Republicans alike are taking the comment, which suggests violence against Clinton, seriously.
Trump’s campaign has sense said that his suggestion that “Second Amendment people” could prevent Hillary Clinton from picking judicial appointees was never an implication that Clinton be shot or killed, but plenty of his supporters are already taking it seriously.
Some have made the argument that Trump was never encouraging violent action against his opponent, Republican Senator Susan Collins told CNN in an interview that his comments were merely meant to speak to the power of Second Amendment advocates and their vote. Tweets and comments and social media are proof however of the dangers of his "misspoken" words. Some might be able to polish over his remarks now, but how would these comments be translated abroad if a "President Trump" ever made such a comment about a leader of a country like Russia, Syria or North Korea? Let's look away from the gun issue for a moment and focus on the nature of Trump's aggressive comments which so often seem to lack reasonable forethought. That Trump has defined himself as a leader unwilling to apologize and be so flip about what he says should be signaling alarms for voters, after all they are alarming.