Dan Rather, Elizabeth Warren and More Slam Donald Trump's Alleged Assassination Comment About Hillary Clinton
"Your reckless comments sound like a two-bit dictator," Elizabeth Warren tweeted of Donald Trump
The controversial remark came at Trump’s Wilmington, North Carolina, rally on Tuesday, when he appeared to suggest that gun rights supporters should take up arms against the Democratic presidential nominee.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump told the crowd, adding, “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The remark, which some are calling an assassination threat, sparked many to speak out against the business mogul.
Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather posted a scathing rant about the GOP nominee on Facebook, saying he couldn’t ignore Trump’s statements.
“When he suggested that ‘The Second Amendment People’ can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential,” Rather wrote in his post Tuesday night. “By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?”
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren also slammed Trump, tweeting that the GOP nominee “makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl.”
“Your reckless comments sound like a two-bit dictator,” Warren said in a follow-up tweet. “Not a man who wants to lead the greatest democracy on the planet.”
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Michael Hayden, a former CIA director who was among 50 Republican national security experts to denounce Trump in a letter on Monday, told CNN’s Jake Tapper of Trump, “You’re not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear.”
He added, “That was more than a speed bump. That is actually a very arresting comment. It suggests either a very bad taste with reference to political assassination and an attempt at humor or an incredible insensitivity – it may be the latter – an incredible insensitivity to the prevalence of political assassination inside of American history. That is a topic that we don’t ever come close to, even when we think we are trying to be lighthearted.”
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who supports increased gun control measures, tweeted, “Don’t treat this as a political misstep. It’s an assassination threat, seriously upping the possibility of a national tragedy & crisis.”
And Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, warned voters that Trump was “temperamentally unfit to be president.”
“Nobody who is seeking a leadership position, especially the presidency, should do anything to countenance violence, and that’s what Donald Trump did today,” Kaine wrote in a Facebook post. “There is a beautiful phrase in the Gospel of Luke that says ‘from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.’ What comes out often reveals something important about who you are. I think Donald Trump revealed again today that he is temperamentally unfit to be president. As a nation, we should be pulling together. Countenancing violence is not something a leader should do.”