#GOP presidential nominee #Donald Trump raised the ire among observers from all parties and political persuasions in a comment to supporters at the Trask Coliseum at North Carolina University. Trump was discussing #Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment, claiming that if Clinton is elected and is in a position to appoint associate justices to the Supreme Court, that there will be "nothing" that anybody can do about it.
Trump then joked: "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."
Widespread nationwide reaction
Reaction to Trump's comments nationwide was widespread and highly critical and speculative. Despite the Trump campaign's later efforts to portray his comments as innocent, most people nationwide, on both sides of the aisle, understood Trump's comments as being suggestive of violence as a means of deciding public policy on gun control in this country. Some observers understood Trump to be calling for the assassination of Hillary Clinton. This is because of the fact that "second amendment people," as Trump calls them, are distinguished from other Americans in that they, by and large, own and carry guns. And so when Trump suggests that the "second amendment people" take action to "stop" the appointment of anti-second amendment justices, the presumption from most if not all observers is that Trump is suggesting that the "actions" taken will involve guns.
Campaign team's pathetic explanation
The Trump campaign made a very weak and pathetic effort to explain Trump's comments.
Mike Pence, Trump's vice-presidential candidate, essentially stated that Trump was attempting to give a voice to the second amendment supporters who feel that they are left out of the political process. Other observers have suggested that Trump was trying to call for political mobilization among second amendment supporters and suggesting that these voters get actively involved in the political process.
As interpreted by mentally ill people
Despite the Trump campaign's efforts to explain away their candidate's ill-placed comments, the lingering danger from the comments remains. It goes without saying that Trump's comments can be viewed by mentally ill individuals as a license to commit violence. Although this may not have been his intention when making his comments, Trump's comments are incendiary of violence and vigilante activities, especially to those who are mentally unstable.
Secret Service weighs in
For the first time in American history, the Secret Service commented on a statement made in a political race by the nominee of a major political party.
The purpose of the Secret Service Protection Detail is to protect the safety of those to whom it is assigned and to "scan" the crowd and watch for suspicious characters. As a rule, the Secret Service has to stay out of politics and remain objective. However, on Tuesday this all changed and the protective agency posted this tweet: "The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon."
Time to go and not look back
As this observer has stated over the last few weeks, it is time for the GOP to drop Trump as its nominee. In the interests of the safety and future of this country, the GOP needs to drop him and appoint someone else to run as the GOP presidential candidate. There comes a time when a political party needs to think beyond winning elections and to take the interests of the country into account. This is one of those times. The GOP has put a mad man in a position to control the mightiest military arsenal in the world if he is elected. It is morally incumbent upon the Republican Party to step up to the plate, remove Trump as its nominee, and take this despotic madman out of contention for the most important position on Earth. The very existence of life on Earth as we know it may depend on it.