House Speaker Paul Ryan ripped into Donald Trump for suggesting that “Second Amendment people” could do something if Hillary Clinton were elected president and nominated liberal justices to the Supreme Court.
At a news conference in Wisconsin following his GOP primary win on Tuesday, Speaker Ryan spoke to press about The Donald’s controversial remarks. Ryan told press:
‘I’ve been a little busy. I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up quickly.’
Scolding Trump, he continued:
‘You should never joke about that.’
Ryan went on to tell press that he didn’t actually hear the comments himself, but had heard about them through the media.
On Tuesday, Trump spoke at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina. During his speech, he suggested “Second Amendment people” would be the ones to stop Clinton from appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court.
‘Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.’
Spokespeople from the Clinton campaign quickly called out Trump for actively encouraging violence.
Trump lives over the line, but this week he is displaying a new level of unacceptable behavior. Truly dangerous. https://t.co/UKt3oliWBN
— Ian Sams (@IanSams) August 9, 2016
In true Trump fashion, the Republican presidential nominee quickly took to Twitter in damage control mode and tweeted the following:
Media desperate to distract from Clinton's anti-2A stance. I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016
Trump attempted to shift the blame to the “dishonest” media in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He tried to say that the media had blown his comments out of proportion.
‘I mean, give me a break. What it is, is there’s a tremendous power behind the Second Amendment. It’s a political power, and it – there are few things so powerful, I have to say, in terms of politics.’
He went further, suggesting that the NRA supports his comments:
‘The NRA, as you know, endorsed me. They’re terrific people. Wayne and Chris and all of the people over there. I just saw they tweeted out basically they agree 100 percent with what I said.’
Trump was referencing this tweet from the NRA:
— NRA (@NRA) August 9, 2016
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