The New York Daily News demanded on Wednesday that there is only one recourse after Donald Trump seemed to suggest someone assassinate Hillary Clinton: Abandon Trump.
The front-page editorial called on the Republican Party, including vice presidential running mate Gov. Mike Pence, to “abandon Trump for toying with political bloodshed.”
Trump’s previous inflammatory language was bad but now he “hurtled past offensiveness into dangerous recklessness,” the Daily News said.
“Trump can offer no apology sufficient to make up for insidiously making light of murder,” the Daily News said. “Nor can he explain away or justify planting a notion that could spur a demented follower to kill a political rival, a President or Supreme Court justices.”
The real estate mogul was speaking at a North Carolina rally on Tuesday when he said that Clinton will pick judges that would take away American’s Second Amendment rights. That’s when Trump made his controversial comments.
“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.”
The Trump campaign said that he was referring to Second Amendment supporters’ organizing power.
“It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power,” Jason Miller, a senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. “And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”
But the Clinton campaign said what Trump suggested was dangerous.
“This is simple — what Trump is saying is dangerous,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said. “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”