On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley Jr. fired several shots, one of which struck President Ronald Reagan in the chest. Another bullet wounded a police officer, and yet another paralyzed White House Press Secretary James Brady, for whom the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act is named.
Patti Davis, Reagan’s daughter, could have lost her father that day. But the assassination attempt failed. Reagan would recover and serve seven more years in office during which time he would appoint three Supreme Court Justices that changed the makeup of the high court for decades.
If it were up to Donald Trump, however, Hillary Clinton would be denied that same chance to change the Supreme Court. Not by votes, but by bullets.
On Tuesday, the Republican nominee shocked the world by suggesting that “Second Amendment people” do something to stop Clinton from making any nominations to the Supreme Court.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump told a North Carolina crowd. “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.”
Clearly, Trump blew a dog whistle in the hopes that some gun nut will take a shot at Hillary Clinton.
His violent rhetoric drew national outrage, including condemnation from Patti Davis herself.
“To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him,” she wrote Wednesday on Facebook.
Your glib and horrifying comment about “Second Amendment people” was heard around the world. It was heard by sane and decent people who shudder at your fondness for verbal violence. It was heard by your supporters, many of whom gleefully and angrily yell, “Lock her up!” at your rallies. It was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas. Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter. But then you know that, which makes this all even more horrifying.”
Here’s the post via Facebook.
Ronald Reagan’s daughter just took Trump to the woodshed. That has to be humiliating for any Republican who still thinks Trump is fit to be the standard-bearer of the party of “The Gipper” himself, a man who could have died that day in March 1981 if the insane Hinckley had succeeded.
An insane gunman is exactly the kind of person Trump just called upon to become a potential assassin.
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