A former top Secretive Service official told Time Magazine that The Donald’s unprecedented comments Tuesday could be considered a “veiled threat” against Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Trump shocked the country following a remark at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday afternoon when he was discussing how, if elected president, he would appoint federal judges to lifetime positions on the Supreme Court, including filling the late Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat.
Without directly threatening Clinton, Trump told the crowd the following:
‘If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.’
Watch Trump’s comments straight from his own mouth below, via YouTube:
Several of Clinton’s staff responded on Twitter following the violent threat:
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
The former Secret Service official told Time that if they were still employed at the U.S. Secret Service, they would contact the Trump campaign in an effort to ensure Trump himself understands the severity of his words and the consequences of threats of violence.
The official also went on to suggest that they would ask an attorney to look into whether Trump broke any laws with the threatening comment.
They went on:
‘Look, this guy is coming pretty close to the edge here.’
The official went on to note:
‘If this was some guy off the street and they made that statement, you’d go out and interview them,’ they explained to time. ‘He’s not going to act on this. But you don’t know what you’re encouraging other people to do.’
And that’s exactly the point. Most Americans don’t expect Trump himself to carry out any physical acts of violence, but it’s the fact that this presidential candidate has repeatedly used his platform to encourage physical violence against another person.
The official went on to tell Time that they would “absolutely” interview Trump regarding his comments, as such interviews are standard procedure following threats to a public official.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell called on the Secret Service to investigate Trump’s remark:
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) August 9, 2016
The U.S. Secret Service also tweeted saying they are aware of the threat made:
The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) August 9, 2016
Feature Image via YouTube screengrab.