Did Trump just threaten Hillary?: Says "Second Amendment people" ought to influence Clinton's SCOTUS nominees

Critics allege the GOP nominee implicitly endorsed gun violence against his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton

Published August 9, 2016 7:58PM (EDT)

In yet another rambling campaign speech on Tuesday — this time in Wilmington, North Carolina — GOP nominee Donald Trump sneaked in an apparent suggestion that "Second Amendment people" could strong-arm his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, into nominating Supreme Court judges friendly to conservative causes.

"If [Clinton] gets to pick her judges, [there's] nothing you could do, folks," Trump warned, inciting boos from the capacity crowd. "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."

Critics are beginning to argue Trump's comments insinuated or endorsed violence against Clinton.

Trump's alleged insinuation is especially controversial as just weeks ago, the Secret Service began an investigation into comments made by campaign adviser Al Baldasaro, who said in a radio interview that Clinton should be "shot for treason."

Watch below:

UPDATE: Trump's campaign released the following response minutes after the conclusion of his speech:

By Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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