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Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Shoots Off His Mouth

Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Shoots Off His Mouth

Is suggesting that second amendment advocates assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enough for Republicans to finally renounce their endorsements of Donald Trump? You already know the answer.

This week, Donald Trump went where no presidential nominee has gone before. At a campaign stop in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump suggested that Hillary Clinton should be assassinated to stop her from appointing liberal Supreme Court justices.


Donald Trump on Tuesday warned his supporters that if Hillary Clinton is elected president and appoints judges to the Supreme Court, there is nothing anyone can do about it. But then he added that, given the Second Amendment, maybe there is.

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said with a shrug at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

If anyone else said that, they’d have the Secret Service knocking on their door. (And apparently, the Secret Service did talk to Trump about it, more than once.) But everybody should just calm down, because Trump was only joking. His comments were misconstrued. The real jokes are the various explanations Trump surrogates have been floating in desperate attempts to contain the damage, while their candidate douses his dumpster fire of a campaign with gasoline.


The truth is, Trump’s not saying anything new. The right-wing has long been shooting down political discourse with thinly-veiled threats of violence under the euphemism, "Second Amendment Solutions. His violence rhetoric just brings to the surface what’s been festering in the GOP for decades.

But this joke isn’t funny anymore. Trump’s schtick is getting repetitive. And coming from a guy who regularly incites political violence, it’s not just tiresome. It’s dangerous. Trump may say he’s just joking, but what do his supporters hear? They hear the same implicit threat and justification of political violence that Republicans have been using for years, to suggest they may impose with bullets what they failed to win with ballots.

Here’s the best of the rest of the worst in wingnuttia this week:


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