Yesterday Donald Trump made another of his off-the-cuff and very ill-advised sarcastic comments, this one suggesting that "Second Amendment people" might be able to do something about Hillary Clinton if she is elected President, something that would keep her from appointing justices to the Supreme Court. Trump was probably trying to be funny (kinda, sorta) as he spoke in Wilmington, North Carolina, but his humor missed the mark. He crossed a line, he pushed a limit, he finally went too far.
As reported in today's on-line edition of the New York Times, Donald Trump said this in Wilmington:
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.”
I'm not a fan of Hillary Clinton, and if I had made the statement that Trump made, as a part of this blog, the Secret Service would have already been knocking at my door. At the very least a "suggestion" was made that conveyed the notion that gun violence might be one way to keep Mrs. Clinton from putting liberals on the Supreme Court. When asked about Trump's outrageous statement a befuddled Secret Service admitted that they were aware of what he had said, and they referred reporters back to the Trump campaign.
A statement was made that could clearly incite violence against a presidential nominee of a major political party, and the Secret Service responds with a "ho-hum." That's outrageous! Yes, I understand sarcasm, but Bubba in Boise probably doesn't. What Donald Trump said in Wilmington could be interpreted as a call-to-arms by certain under-educated elements of our society - such as the knuckle-draggers who support him and wallow in his every word.
Donald Trump's fitness to serve as our Commander in Chief is being questioned by various current and former members of government (more that a few of those being in his own political party), members of the armed forces both past and present, leaders in the national security field (fifty of whom signed a petition critical of him), and international leaders and officials. He is a brash and outspoken individual who seems to be unable or unwilling to employ common sense or exercise self-restraint. He is a man who should not have access to Morse code, much less America's nuclear codes.
The Republican Party made a mistake in nominating Donald Trump as its presidential candidate, and the Republican Party needs to fix their egregious error - now! A presidential candidate who calls on a foreign power to hack the emails of his opponent is a despot-in-waiting. A presidential candidate who puts forth the notion that gun violence might be one way of handling his opponent is a danger to us all.
The campaign should have ended yesterday. A decent individual would have issued an immediate apology and withdrawn from the race. Barring that, both the National Republican Party and the Secret Service need to act.