Clinton warns Trump ‘crossed the line’ with gun comment
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a rally at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Fla., Monday, Aug. 8, 2016. AP photoHillary Clinton on Aug. 10 sternly warned her Republican presidential rival Donald Trump about his “casual inciting” of violence, saying his startling remarks suggesting gun rights supporters could act against her “crossed the line.”
It was the Democratic nominee’s most forceful denunciation after Trump caused a firestorm by suggesting to supporters in North Carolina on Aug. 9 that “Second Amendment people” - those who support gun rights - could take action to stop Clinton from appointing U.S. Supreme Court justices as president.
“Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments by Donald Trump that crossed the line,” Clinton told a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, according to Agence France-Presse.
“Words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president, or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences.”
Trump and his campaign had quickly sought to douse the flames, insisting the Republican flag bearer was merely urging gun rights supporters to reject her candidacy at the ballot box.
Clinton appeared to reject the Trump campaign’s defense, warning of the dangers of reckless language during a presidential race.
She slammed Trump’s “casual cruelty to a gold star family,” referring to the billionaire’s clash with the parents of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in action.
“His casual suggestion that more countries should have nuclear weapons, and now his casual inciting of violence,” she added.
“Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States.”
With Team Trump seeking to dig the candidate out of a deepening hole, former New York mayor and Trump backer Rudy Giuliani insisted the uproar was triggered by “the Clinton spin machine.”
CNN reported the Secret Service - tasked with protecting the president and presidential nominees - spoke with Trump’s campaign about his remarks.
Trump denied the report, calling it a “made up story” and accusing the cable television station of trying to boost “low ratings.”
In an unnerving example of campaign security tensions, an animal rights activist appeared to rush the stage as Clinton spoke Aug. 10, but was tackled and removed by security.
But these were not the only remarks Trump made.
Trump roiled the U.S. presidential campaign once again, with the jaw-dropping assertion on Aug. 10 that Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama “founded” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Addressing supporters at a rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the real estate tycoon said the jihadist group is “honoring President Obama.”
“He is the founder of ISIS,” Trump said, using a term for ISIL.
“He’s the founder of ISIS, okay?” he added. “He’s the founder! He founded ISIS.”
“And I would say, the co-founder would be ‘Crooked Hillary Clinton’,” Trump shouted, over cheers and applause from the crowd.
Meanwhile, another attention-seeker dominated cable news Aug. 10 afternoon when he used suction cups to scale Manhattan’s Trump Tower, the Republican nominee’s home and campaign headquarters, before police captured him through an open window.
The 20-year-old Virginia resident and apparent Trump supporter wanted to meet the real estate tycoon, police said.