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I see Second Amendment people

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Republican nominee Donald Trump is taking quite a pounding for encouraging gun rights supporters to get politically active against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said at a Wilmington, N.C., rally Tuesday. “By the way, and if she gets to pick,” he said to boos, “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.” The anti-Hillary booing continued. “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know. But, but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day.”

But in the leftist mind there is only one acceptable explanation for Trump’s choice of words: the GOP candidate was urging the assassination of his opponent, a fellow would-be president.

Trump is being likened to Lee Harvey Oswald, Satan, and the supporting cast from Ex Parte Quirin all at the same time.

Left-wing columnist Thomas L. Friedman at the New York Times seemed to suffer a nervous breakdown.

People are playing with fire here, and there is no bigger flamethrower than Donald Trump. Forget politics; he is a disgusting human being. His children should be ashamed of him. I only pray that he is not simply defeated, but that he loses all 50 states so that the message goes out across the land – unambiguously, loud and clear: The likes of you should never come this way again.

I’m not sure what Friedman said and did after the 2011 attempted assassination of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) but I’m pretty sure many of the condemnations of Trump are coming from the same people who tried to blame Sarah Palin for that incident in which several innocent people were killed.

There was the Daily Kos-inspired lie that Palin was responsible for the attack because, as my colleague Dr. Steven J. Allen points out, her political action committee “had used printers’ registration marks, resembling crosshairs, to make ‘target districts’ where Republicans might pick up seats in the next election.”

Verbs like target are used routinely in U.S. political campaigns. In fact the word campaign was borrowed from the military. It originally meant – and still means in a military context – “a connected series of military operations forming a distinct phase of a war,” according to Merriam-Webster.

But the Left doesn’t care about facts so the lie that Donald Trump urged “Second Amendment people” to whack Hillary Clinton is likely to stick around.