— POLITICO (@politico) August 10, 2016
Betcha Susan Collins is feeling pretty smart right now…
Barely 24 hours after Donald Trump delivered a speech intended to reset his staggering presidential campaign, his off-the-cuff suggestion that people resort to violence against his opponent has him right back in the ditch.
At a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Trump applied his signature sarcasm to a political third rail, stating that “the Second Amendment” may be the only way to stop Clinton from getting to appoint federal judges if she defeats him in November…
Trump’s surrogates, already positioned on television sets, were left without any plausible response as media coverage of the presidential campaign focused on the GOP nominee’s latest misstep. “Mr. Trump was saying exactly what he said,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said on CNN. The campaign itself put out a “statement on dishonest media” that did not even attempt to clean up Trump’s comment…
Official NRA statement:
— NRA (@NRA) August 9, 2016
He not only implied assassination, he implied that 2nd Amndmt supporters are all potential assassins.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 9, 2016
The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 9, 2016
1st campaign Secret Service investigates someone they're protecting for threatening someone else they're protecting? https://t.co/MCCcaoaE2Y
— laura olin (@lauraolin) August 9, 2016
"A joke gone bad." sez P Ryan
— Michael Tomasky (@mtomasky) August 10, 2016
why do media folks insist on putting "joked" next to trump statements when he's not joking?
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 9, 2016
Guy who ghost-wrote Art of the Deal:
As I've said: Donald Trump doesn’t joke. He is never subtle. When he makes a death threat, it's because he's feeling impotence & rage.
— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) August 9, 2016