Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Trump's Threats Make Wrong Kind of History

Donald Trump
Donald Trump made history today.

Trump was repeating a long debunked line that Hillary Clinton wants to do away with the Second Amendment in making an argument about the Supreme Court.

As you know, the President (unless you're Barack Obama, apparently) gets to nominate his or her choice to replace one of the nine justices in the case of an opening.  The Senate then holds confirmation hearings (on any other President's nominee than Barack Obama's) and votes up or down to confirm or deny the nomination.

On the ballot with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the other candidates for President in 2016 is that open seat on the court because the Senate is refusing to do its job and hold hearings on Merrick Garland's appointment by President Obama to the high court.

Garland, by anyone's definition, is a moderate and might be EXACTLY what the closely-divided Supreme Court needs.  As it stands now, there are four more liberal justices and four more conservative justices (although Anthony Kennedy can be a swing vote on the court).  The next President of the United States may very well determine the direction of the Supreme Court.

Hanging in the balance are many of those wedge issues we've had over the last 40 years in our society.  Abortion rights, civil rights, and gun rights are three of the hot buttons.

Many conservatives have tried to say that Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment and take guns away.  The truth is that Clinton wants to keep guns in the hands of lawful gun owners but remove the ability for those that shouldn't have guns to get them.  It's common sense reform that is widely supported by Americans.

Trump was in the middle of making that "Hillary wants your guns" style argument when he took it a little further.  Here is the video.

We've reached a new moment in politics.  It's a moment when comments like Trump's are coming out of a mainstream party's nominee for President's mouth.  It's not Ted Nugent.  It's not Bill Cunningham or Pat Buchanan or Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck.  It's essentially the comments of the head of the Republican Party.

Threatening the life of your political opponents cannot be something allowed to stand especially in today's world where we've seen those in the political realm targeted for their beliefs.  It's something I would never support coming out of the mouth of my party's nominee...even today.

Republicans including candidates and officeholders must come out and strongly repudiate Trump's incendiary comments.

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