Donald Trump, on defense, blames media for Second Amendment flap

by Josh Lederman - Associated Press / The Washington Times  |  published on August 10, 2016


BRISTOL, Va. — On the defensive once again, Donald Trump is blaming faulty interpretations and media bias for an uproar over his comments about the Second Amendment. He’s insisting he never advocated violence against Hillary Clinton, even as undeterred Democrats pile on.

The latest controversy to strike Trump’s campaign arose, as they often do, out of an offhand quip at a boisterous campaign rally. Claiming falsely that Clinton wants to revoke the right to gun ownership, Trump said there would be “nothing you can do,” if she’s elected, to stop her from stacking the Supreme Court with anti-gun justices.

Then he added ambiguously: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is — I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what: that will be a horrible day.”

Was Trump suggesting gun owners take matters into their own hands if Clinton wins the White House? Or was he merely musing about the indisputably powerful influence of the gun lobby?

Like so many times before, Trump’s supporters and opponents construed his comments in entirely different ways.

  • If any of us, no matter how glib, were assaulted with an organized campaign to distort every word we uttered, how many of us would simply stop talking? That is the point of this. I heard what he said and it never crossed my mind that he was asking the NRA to shoot Hillary. That interpretation offered to us by CNN and others assumes we are all idiots. I am sick of the oppressive tactics pursued by Clinton’s allies against Trump, whether those allies are socialists or Republican elite. This is a democracy? I don’t think so.

  • Phil Esposito

    Don’t worry Trump, none of us believe a fucking thing the MSM says. We know they’re a bunch of liars and trouble makers.

  • Donnie Buchanan

    A DNC insider has said that the true polling shows Trump winning with over 70% of the vote. also said that when you pay $30k for a poll you get what you want. This is why they grasp at straws trying not to drown while trump is just floating.

  • Chris Rasmussen

    “..if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.” ~ Donald Trump

    Ah, let’s see… what, besides advocating violence might Trump have meant? Perhaps, he meant that peace-loving, warm-hearted, 2nd Amendment folks could fashion a time machine, travel back before the campaign and stump harder for Trump to win the election. Maybe? But no, we ALL know exactly what he meant, and while intended as a joke, even “non-politician” Trump should know better than to joke about assassinating another candidate. Shame on him.

    • Donnie Buchanan

      Chris, what you heard and what I heard were the same words, but a vastly different interpretation. You must not be a gun owner since we see things in a different light than liberal anti-gunners.

      • Chris Rasmussen

        Hi Donnie ~ sorry I missed your response. Actually, yes, I’m a proud life-long gun owner, but even in re-watching Trump’s speech, I hear a joking inference to intimidate or assassinate. What is your take on what Trump meant?

        • Donnie Buchanan

          I actually took it as a kind of “You better vote for me” type thing, but I see your point. I guess that only Trump and God know for sure.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    don’t play defense , just put one message out , lie all you want to democratic trolls , the people are wise to your lies , so take your phony b/s and shove it,

  • JRW40113

    The lamestream media is trying to feed the no information voters anti trump information to make it easier for broadbeam billary to win. They are also trying to make it harder for conservatives, democrats, republicans and independents to vote for trump since they make him look so “crazy”

  • Tiger

    Anything the media can grab hold of to attempt to stop the Trump Movement they will. All they are doing is showing more and more that Trump is the man. He is right the only one’s who can save the Second Amendment are those who know how important it is.

    If he wanted to say shoot her he surely would have made it clear.

    • Bonnie Schulte

      I agree with you, he would not have to beat around the bush! Seems he can not say a word, without the media getting on his case. Hillary, on the other hand, can stand there and scream and holler like an crazy woman, saying crap about Trump, and the media falls all over her “greatness” I hope and pray that all the people watching this, sees how corrupt this all is.

      • Tiger

        Only makes him more popular. Today I am hearing all these polls showing what a lead H has but I tell you if Florida goes for her it would be a miracle. Trump has nobody on his side and now all the RINO turning on him meaning they are going to vote H? Wow.

      • Tiger
  • Frank W Brown

    I don’t believe the liberal media and Neither should YOU!

  • justinwachin

    Donald Trump needs to realize that the media is going to take every phrase he utters and look for ways to use it against him. I didn’t take the remark as a threat against Hillary. I did consider that is was a veiled threat directed at the Supreme Court justices if they decided to effectively neuter the second amendment.

    With the amount of violence we see today, these sorts of remarks can’t be made even if they are in jest.

  • Daniel W

    Hey what about Vince Foster???and other bodies now falling in the wake of the Wiki Leaks revelations, of Iran getting classified information from Her server????

  • Glenda Jordan

    This is a really pitiful attempt by the lame liberal media trying to divert attention from Hilter’s corrupt conduct (made new daily) onto Trump. I LOL at the stupidity of these dems/progs even rinos who think this is newsworthy yet that nasty, evil whore is put on a pedestal. I couldn’t stand hil in the 90’s and I have no tolerance for her any more…the B should be shot!

  • John Siemens

    Why is the media so blatantly anti-trump? They are twisting (spinning) Trump’s words into something not said. We who watch what is going on know very well that Hillary has declared on multiple occasions that the NRA will be her prime target and that citizens should not have guns. What could be clearer? Where is the news media on Hillary’s disdain for the 2nd Amendment?

    Why is the news media not all over the deaths of 3 people since June 2016 who had ties to the democratic party and who have died in mysterious ways? How much more obvious can it be that the media supports Hillary, no matter how many murders are associated with her campaign?

    • Chris Rasmussen

      Hi John, ~ Methinks you take Trump advocacy a *bit* over the edge, there. After all, until 18 months ago, at the start of his campaign, Trump advocated a ban on assault weapons and extended waiting periods for firearms purchases – as he stated in his book, “The America We Deserve.” But “we who watch what is going on” already knew that.
      Those are, incidentally, the very same actions advocated by Clinton, who, NEVER intimated that Americans should ‘t have guns.

      I’m not entirely enamored with either candidate, but have to cry “foul” when supporters of either go off on fantastical tangents.

  • otoman

    Trump is not suggesting acts of violence. Liberals such as Clinton are the violent ones. People have a RIGHT to RISE UP when rights are being threatened. THAT is how this country started. Liberals claimed the Tea Party was violent yet could not point to one violent protest. YET, nearly every liberal protest ends in violence. LIBERALS DENY RECORDED HISTORY! There is no truth in liberalism.

  • SD of AZ

    Violence against Hillary Clinton. Talk about the reverse, this woman is a psychopath. She has always rationalized and justified in her flawed mind the tactics of a mafia don. She is the one who stoops to the level of murder, lies, cheating, and all things illegal and unlawful. A vote for this woman is a vote for the death toll of this once great country.

    • Rodney Steward

      It’s her Dain Bramage, and yes there will be a problem if they try and take our guns, but this is not what Trump meant!!

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    • Richard

      Here is a list of all the mysterious deaths involved with the Clintons:

      1 – James McDougal – Clinton’s convicted Whitewater partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s investigation.

      2 – Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in Georgetown. The murder happened just after she was to go public with her story of sexual
      harassment in the White House.

      3 – Vince Foster – Former white House councilor, and colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock’s Rose Law firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.

      4 – Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that there was a hole in the
      top of Brown’s skull resembling a gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a deal with prosecutors.

      5 – C. Victor Raiser II and Montgomery Raiser, Major players in the Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane crash in July 1992.

      6 – Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock, September 1992… Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend and trusted advisor.”

      7- Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November 1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his wife Kathleen Willey
      claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in several Clinton fund raising events.

      8 – Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security team in Little Rock. Gunned down in his car at a deserted intersection outside Little Rock. Park’s son said his father was building
      a dossier on Clinton. He allegedly threatened to reveal this information. After he died the files were mysteriously removed from his house.

      9 – James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which contained names of influential people who visited prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.

      10 – James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to Whitewater.

      11- Kathy Ferguson, ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even though there were several
      packed suitcases, as if she were going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit.
      Kathy Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula Jones.

      12 – Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancee of Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancee, he was found dead in June, 1994 of a gunshot wound also ruled a
      suicide at the grave site of his fiancee.

      13 – Gandy Baugh – Attorney for Clinton’s friend Dan Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building January, 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.

      14 – Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.

      15 – Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide. Was pregnant at the time
      of her death.

      16 – Paula Grober – Clinton’s speech interpreter for the deaf from 1978 until her death December 9, 1992. She died in a one car accident.

      17 – Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his investigation.

      18 – Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22, 1993 in his Washington DC apartment.
      Had delivered a report to Janet Reno three weeks before his death

      19 – Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for Resolution Trust Corp. Jumped to his death from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August15, 1993. He was investigating the
      Morgan Guarantee scandal.

      20 – Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer. Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause of death unknown. Died November 29, 1996. Her bruised, nude body was found locked in her
      office at the Department of Commerce.

      21- Charles Meissner – Assistant Secretary of Commerce who gave John Huang special security clearance, died shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

      22 – Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee, died with his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr. Heard, in addition to serving on
      Clinton’s advisory council personally treated Clinton’s mother, stepfather and brother.

      23 – Barry Seal – Drug running pilot out of Mena, Arkansas, death was no accident.

      24 – Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.

      25 – Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guarantee. His death was a purported suicide and his report was never released.

      26- Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.

      27 – Kevin Ives and Don Henry – Known as “The boys on the track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled upon the Mena Arkansas airport drug operation. A controversial case, the initial
      report of death said, due to falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the two boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks. Many linked to the case died before their
      testimony could come before a Grand Jury.

      THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:

      28 – Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed into the back of a truck, July 1988.

      29 – Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988

      30 – Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989.

      31 – Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.

      33 – James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes.”

      34 – Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.

      35 – Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives / Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

      36- Victor Thorn, Prolific author, AMERICAN FREE PRESS writer and seasoned Clinton researcher Victor Thorn was found at the top of a mountain near his home, the apparent victim of a gunshot wound.
      Family and some close friends contend Thorn took his own life on his birthday, August 1. Thorn would have been 54.

      37- Conrad Rich, 27-year-old Democratic staffer Seth Conrad Rich who was murdered in Washington DC on July 8. The killer or killers appear to have taken nothing from their victim, leaving behind
      his wallet, watch and phone. Shortly after the killing, Redditors and social media users were pursuing a “lead” saying that Rich was en route to the FBI the morning of his murder, apparently
      intending to speak to special agents about an “ongoing court case” possibly involving the Clinton family. Rich — who worked on voter data — may have been a whistleblower threatening to expose
      election fraud carried out to help Hillary Clinton win the Democratic primary.

      THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD: 36 – Major William S. Barkley Jr. 37 – Captain Scott J. Reynolds 38 – Sgt. Brian Hanley 39 – Sgt. Tim Sabel 40 –
      Major General William Robertson 41 – Col. William Densberger 42 – Col. Robert Kelly 43 – Spec. Gary Rhodes 44 – Steve Willis 45 – Robert Williams 46 – Conway LeBleu 47 – Todd McKeehan

      Deaths of Seth Conrad Rich & John Ashe – OAN 7-28-2016
      The suspicious circumstances surrounding the death last week of former U.N. President John Ashe had many wondering whether foul play was involved.
      The New York Post’s Page Six reported that after Ashe was found dead Wednesday, the U.N. claimed that he had died from a heart attack. Local police officers in Dobbs Ferry, New York, later
      disputed that claim, saying instead that he died from a workout accident that crushed his throat.
      Adding to the mysterious nature of Ashe’s death was the fact that he had been slated to be in court Monday with his Chinese businessman co-defendant Ng Lap Seng, from whom he reportedly
      received over $1 billion in donations during his term as president of the U.N. General Assembly.

      And then there was this: During the presidency of Bill Clinton, Seng illegally funneled several hundred thousand dollars to the Democrat National Committee.

      8/6/2016 New Clinton Scandal: Bill Took Millions From Group That Pushes Sharia Law

      • Papa Bear

        Interesting list, certainly makes you wonder!

    • Laura

      This is not updated either…

    • Chris Robinette

      She is the threat against every American who does not agree with the lying bitch and her pedophile father.

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