His campaign reportedly told the presidential protectors he did not “intend to incite violence” by suggesting “Second Amendment people” may be able to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges.
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Following Donald Trump's comments on Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” may be able to stop Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices, the US Secret Service had multiple conversations with the Republican nominee's campaign, CNN reported.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said Tuesday afternoon. “By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. “But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we're tied.”
He later defended his comments, saying he was trying to unite gun owners' votes and political power against Clinton.
In the wake of outrage over the comments by Trump, which have widely been interpreted as insinuating the encouragement of violence against the Democratic presidential nominee, Trump's campaign reportedly told the Secret Service that the presidential hopeful did “not intend to incite violence.”
“There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, an unnamed Secret Service official told CNN.
The Secret Service refused to confirm to BuzzFeed News that they had spoken with Trump's campaign about his issue. A spokesperson for the Service told BuzzFeed News repeatedly that they were “aware of [Trump's] comments,” before hanging up the phone.