NEW YORK–(ENEWSPF)–August 11, 2016.After Donald Trump made veiled comments Tuesday in North Carolina invoking the Second Amendment, news media in critical general election states decried Trump’s remarks, calling them “dangerous” and “unacceptable.” One editorial board said Trump “crossed a very bright line where no American political candidate should go,” while another proclaimed, “If there’s a line marking the edge of political discourse, Donald Trump pole-vaulted way past it on Tuesday.”
Scranton Times-Tribune and Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice // Editorial Board
Akron Beacon Journal // Editorial Board
Donald Trump finds himself in another rhetorical mess of his own making. The real estate tycoon, reality TV celebrity and Republican presidential candidate insists that he simply urged gun-rights advocates to express their opposition to Hillary Clinton. Yet again, his words lacked clarity, to be kind. One interpretation goes that he invited “the Second Amendment people” to use other devices, even violent means, to stop Clinton from nominating Supreme Court justices. All a joke? Not this time.
Donald Trump’s latest outrage, a statement suggesting that gun-rights supporters might be able to do something to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing judges who would curb gun rights, is so reckless and dangerous that it raises questions about Trump’s mental competence. … Trump’s statement is dangerously irresponsible and might be evidence that he is not fully in control of what comes out of his mouth. … If Trump feels even a shred of responsibility for what issues from his mouth, then he should issue a clear statement repudiating violence as a solution to political disagreement. Throughout his campaign, Trump has issued a cascade of outrageous statements, each one seemingly more jaw-dropping than the last. It’s hard to imagine that he could surpass this one, though it’s probably best not to underestimate him. But it will be a good thing if more and more Americans decide to stop listening to him.
Denver Post // Editorial Board
Certainly, Trump would not come out and call for someone to assassinate Clinton. But his suggestive comment is disturbing all the same. Presidential candidates don’t talk like that about their opponents. … Trump is not just careless with words, which is enough reason for worry. He’s dangerous. Lately, as his poll numbers have dropped, he’s been warning that the election will be “rigged.” Based on what evidence? None. American presidential candidates do not undermine public confidence in the integrity of our democratic process, and Trump’s prediction of a stolen election is more than a poor loser preparing excuses. It raises the concern that he would challenge the legitimacy of a Clinton presidency. Trump has made one blunder after another during his unlikely campaign. They didn’t hurt him with a Republican electorate, but he hasn’t become more cautious or thoughtful since winning the nomination. Hinting that guns might be used to resolve political differences should be unacceptable to all Americans.
We suspect Trump knew exactly what he was doing – tossing out a bit of outrage to reap a rich harvest in free media. And if it created dangerous results? Well, not his problem.
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