For John, BLUF: Taking a joke in poor taste and making it a real problem for all of us. Nothing to see here; just move along.
"This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to the be president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
That was the Clinton campaign's reaction to comments by Mr Trump.
From Law Professor Ann Althouse:
This is what Trump said today:This is from the blog of Professor Althouse on Tuesday.
"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know," Trump said.Trump blurted that out, in his typical style. An idea occurred to him, so he said it.
Her point was that playing this up only creates a bad atmosphere. If we think Mr Trump's comments were inflammatory, we shouldn't create an "echo chamber" around it.
And, she notes a recent New Yorker cartoon where the four female Ghost Busters say, when confronting Mr Trump, “I know we strictly bust ghosts, but I feel this is a shot we need to take.” Funny, but not very respectful. And, then there was Cartoonist Scott Adams back in March, of which we have a partial quote:
[W]e see the media priming the public to try to kill Trump, or at least create some photogenic mayhem at a public event. Again, no one is sitting in a room plotting Trump’s death, but – let’s be honest – at least half of the media believes Trump is the next Hitler, and a Hitler assassination would be morally justified.And what is President Obama calling for when he says that Mr Trump is "unfit"? If Mr Trump is truly "unfit" must not something be done to prevent him taking office on 20 Jan 2017?♠
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ I did talk about that in more detail, here.