(NBC NEWS) Donald Trump's campaign defended the GOP presidential nominee's suggestion that 2nd Amendment supporters could stop Hillary Clinton from making judicial nominations by arguing that Trump was referring to the group's considerable political power.
"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said during a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday. "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."
The remark sparked immediate outrage from Trump's political opponents for suggesting violence as a possible means of preventing Clinton from appointing judges if she is elected president.
"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," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.
But Trump's campaign denied that he was suggesting violence, instead saying the real estate mogul was referencing the power gun rights advocates have at the voting booth.
"It's called the power of unification - 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power," Trump campaign spokesman Jason Miller said in a statement. "And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump."
Sunday, August 20 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-08-21 02:42:12 GMT
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