Before Donald Trump convinces his cult that he was “joking” about them murdering Hillary Clinton if she gets to pick judges, this is the second time the Trump campaign has “joked” about executing or murdering Hillary Clinton in a matter of weeks.
Just minutes ago, Donald Trump told his supporters that one of them could shoot Hillary Clinton to stop her from picking Supreme Court justices if she is elected president. He said, “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.”
After Trump adviser Al Baldasaro told a radio host that Clinton “should be put in the firing line and shot for treason, CNN reported on July 20th, “The US Secret Service is investigating an informal adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign after he called for Hillary Clinton’s execution.”
It is just now August 9th.
Donald Trump didn’t distance himself from Baldarsaro. Rather, he praised him. Two days ago, Think Progress reported, “Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has confirmed that his adviser who once called for Hillary Clinton’s execution is still part of the campaign… ‘Al has been so great,’ Trump said. ‘Where’s Al? Where’s my vet?’”
Given the insane hate at Donald Trump’s rallies, as captured by the The New York Times in a chilling video of Trump supporters complied from their time on the trail covering Trump, there is no reason to believe this will be taken as a “joke”. It didn’t get any laughter.
Trump supporters shout things like, “Kill her!” and “Trump that bitch!” on such a regular basis that reporters felt it necessary to document it in compiled footage.
I have to ask, if Donald Trump will speak this way about Hillary Clinton, what would he do with the red button?
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