As tempting as it is to put assassination threat in quotation marks in reference to Donald Trump’s remarks at a rally Tuesday, a scan of social media suggests the entire American population has come to the consensus that the words “Second Amendment people” were clearly meant to incite gun violence against Hillary Clinton.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 9, 2016
This is not a joke. This is a presidential nominee suggesting people shoot his opponent. This is Trump. https://t.co/oCLo3MwNLo
— Kathleen Rice (@RepKathleenRice) August 9, 2016
To be clear- today Donald Trump made an assassination threat against Hillary Clinton.
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) August 9, 2016
Threatening to kill, kidnap, or inflict bodily harm on a presidential candidate is a felony, punishable with up to five years in prison.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 9, 2016
Yes, both the FBI and Secret Service are aware of Trump’s comments.
The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 9, 2016
Obviously the Secret Service was aware of the comments, as agents are assigned to protect both Clinton and Trump. It doesn’t look as though Clinton has been whisked off to a safe house, although some have sprung into action without a second’s hesitation.
Clinton camp fundraising off of Trump's "second amendment" remark pic.twitter.com/757jrdEXX2
— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) August 9, 2016
Wow, fundraising off of an assassination threat, and so soon? Not really; note how the letter quotes the same words that so many interpret as a death threat but then stops short, simply calling Trump’s remarks “unacceptable.”
@ABCLiz lol she will use anything to try and get a donation……
— franki surratt (@irishfranki) August 9, 2016
@abcliz no way. Not a penny for a liar.
— nancy oneal (@memaatthebeach) August 9, 2016
@ABCLiz how sleazy and desperate to try to get donations when everyone knows he meant politically the NRA an stop her. Get a grip.
— BPCBaby (@BPC_Baby) August 9, 2016
@ABCLiz Hillary Clinton is the last person I would ever donate anything to.
— Dean Meyers (@DeanMeyers1) August 9, 2016
— Tim Delarm (@TimDelarm) August 9, 2016
Who’s old enough to remember when a chant of “Lock her up” was enough to send reporters into fainting spells?