Joe Scarborough: I was never pro-Trump | Back in the real world, Scarborough said he was ready to take a VP offer if Trump made it.
— John Hawkins (@johnhawkinsrwn) August 10, 2016
Trump’s allies haven’t exactly offered a unified explanation for the candidate’s “Second Amendment people” line https://t.co/7ibmHIG4tG
— Caitlin MacNeal (@caitlinmacneal) August 10, 2016
… Running mate Mike Pence followed with a comment to NBC Philadephia that Trump was simply “urging people around the country to act consistently with their convictions in the course of this election.”
Katrina Pierson, the campaign’s national spokeswoman, told CNN that Trump was “talking about unification and coming together to stop Hillary Clinton,” who she called a “gun grabber.”
And when Sean Hannity explained to his viewers Tuesday night that Trump meant that “if people mobilize and vote, they can stop Hillary from having this impact on the court,” Trump agreed that there could be “no other interpretation” of what he said at the rally. But Trump’s remark was still widely interpreted as a suggestion that gun owners could assassinate Clinton if she is elected president. MSNBC’s Kate Snow pressed Pierson on Trump’s phrasing Wednesday morning, noting that the order of his remarks made it seem like Trump was suggesting what “Second Amendment people” could do once Clinton was elected.
That’s when Pierson offered a completely different interpretation of Trump’s comments. She argued he was referencing the ability of the National Rifle Association to convince senators not to support any Supreme Court nominee appointed by Clinton…
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), an early endorser of Trump, also defended Trump by dissing the Republican nominee’s speaking skills.
“He is not a politician. He is not a person like you who’s very articulate, very well spoken,” he told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday evening. “He’s a business person who’s running for president. So I don’t think the way he said that, and the sequence of his statements, I’m not going to judge him on that, because I don’t think that’s what he meant. And I think he can be inarticulate at times.”
— Michael Mathes (@MichaelMathes) August 10, 2016
Trump team insists he was simply urging voter turnout, not joking. Ryan says joke gone bad. If Ryan's right, joke can only mean one thing.
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 10, 2016
Mr. Charles P. Pierce, at Esquire:
… But what of Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from the state of Wisconsin, who won re-election by a historically fat margin later in the same day that He, Trump made his infamous remarks in Wilmington, North Carolina? Surely, as a national leader and a public intellectual, he would rise to the level of the threat posed by his party’s nominee.
Right, L.A. Times?
“It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly,” Ryan told reporters after he handily won his House primary. “You should never joke about something like that.”
Oh, it’s a mess for them all now. Up in New Hampshire, Senator Kelly Ayotte, who saw Susan Collins of Maine beat her to the last lifeboat off the listing hulk on Monday, is caught in an impossible position, having endorsed El Caudillo de Mar-A-Lago long ago. Newt Gingrich thinks everything’s dandy because Andrew Jackson. Sean Hannity seems to be steadily losing what’s left of his mind.
It’s a gloriously floundering death for a politics that has done so much damage to the rest of the country. And, even with all that, none of them get it—that nearly four decades of conservative politics, and the techniques those politics used to attain and maintain power, made someone like He, Trump inevitable. They ate the monkeybrains long ago, and this is what happens when the prion disease reaches its terminal stage. You don’t even remember how you got so crazy in the first place…
@JohnJHarwood of course, Trump was specifically saying the court is lost IF and AFTER the vote for HRC; thus, he wasn't talking about voting
— Quin Hillyer (@QuinHillyer) August 10, 2016
Take hope for the future, at least…
— POLITICO (@politico) August 10, 2016