Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made an unexpected pivot during a policy-oriented economic speech Tuesday afternoon at a jam-packed Wilmington rally.
Discussing the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court and protecting Second Amendment rights, Trump suggested gun-rights advocates could take action if Clinton nominated justices who would strip away their rights.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
“But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day.”
The crowd of roughly 7,000 supporters had a mixed reaction of laughs, applause and silence.
The Clinton campaign quickly responded with a statement. “This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said.
A senior communications advisor for Trump’s campaign, Jason Miller, suggested in a statement the candidate was speaking about political action, saying “2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power.”