Many in the media and assorted politicians are interpreting Donald Trump’s off-the-cuff remark about “Second Amendment people” as an incitement to violence, but I suspect it says volumes about how little Trump really understands or respects “Second Amendment people.”
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said in North Carolina. “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if — if — Hillary gets to put her judges in.”
It sounds to me like he thinks, when his true beliefs slip off his slippery tongue, that Second Amendment people are capable of such violence, not that he is encouraging it.
Frankly, it is not much different than Obama’s remarks in 2008 about working-class people hurt by job losses: “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Both men appear to have an antipathy for a certain group of people.
Trump’s people later tried to spin the remark by claiming he was talking about Second Amendment people exercising their political power at the polls, which I seem recall he thinks are rigged.