“If she gets to pick her judges, there’s nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”
Donald Trump said Tuesday that “Second Amendment people” could potentially stop Hillary Clinton from naming justices to the Supreme Court.
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At least one person in the crowd behind Trump appeared shocked by the remarks.
“But I’ll tell you what,” he continued, “that will be a horrible day. If Hillary gets to put her judges — right now, we’re tied, you see what’s going on.”
Trump told supporters it was crucial Clinton be barred from being elected so as to ensure a majority of conservative justices on the Supreme Court.
“Justice Scalia was going to be around for 10 more years at least, and this is what happens. That was a horrible thing,” he said, referring to Justice Antonin Scalia, whose death in February opened up a seat on the nation’s top court. Senate Republicans have refused to hold a hearing for Chief Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the position.
Trump then touted his and his sons’ membership of the National Rifle Association, which he said was “great.”
A spokesperson for the Secret Service, which protects nominees, told BuzzFeed News they were “aware of the comments,” but declined to elaborate.