Donald Trump outlined his comprehensive, well-thought out plan to recharge the American economy on Monday, but you wouldn’t know it! Again, Trump stepped on his prime message: the moribund economy of the last 7 1/2 years, by his off-the-cuff comment that if Hillary Clinton is elected and nominates Supreme Court judges that would “abolish” the Second Amendment, “there’s nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”
Trump’s comment was for sure inflammatory, but is ultimately again self-destructive. The inarticulate vagueness of his words provided a political Rorschach test to confirm prior-held feelings about him. Was he calling for the NRA crowd to storm the polling places to protect their gun rights in November? Or was Trump calling for the assassination of Clinton after January?
The Secret Service issued a press release that it was “aware” of Mr. Trump’s comment. In all of U.S. history, has the Secret Service ever faced the situation of one of its protectees uttering a threat of violence against another?
Donald Trump’s lack of discipline has again cost him, and the GOP, mightily. Maybe he was channeling his inner-Democrat! It is true that Hillary did state in May, 2008, words to the effect that it was too early to concede the nomination to Barack Obama thst year, as Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June. (of 1968). An unfiltered wish that escaped from the deep chasms of her soul? And of course there was that cinematic tour-de-force, the 2006 film The Death of the President, a fictionalized account of the assassination of George W. Bush, that was lionized by the left as “courageous” and “thought provoking” and won many awards. But Donald J. Trump, whether he meant it or not, had little electoral college room to maneuver prior to this utterance and has even less now.
On a day where commentary should have focused on the latest revealed and previously undisclosed Hillary emails, that nakedly showed the pay-to-play relationship between contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative and favors bestowed by the august Secretary of State; on a day where, for whatever reason, the father of Pulse Nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was seated in a privileged seat directly behind HRC at a rally in Orlando; on a day where discussion should have centered on Trump’s economic plan, all talk centered on whether the Republican nominee was calling for the assassination of his opponent!
The nation deserved a credible, knowledgable, honorable, experienced and wise person to stand in opposition to the candidacy of perhaps one of the most “ethically challenged” individuals (male or female) to ever aspire to the presidency! Instead, in 2016, Hillary Clinton faces Donald J. Trump!
-The Chicago Patriot