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Thomas Gallatin / Aug. 10, 2016

Trolling Trump Over Second Amendment

Leftmedia has a heyday over his latest off the cuff remark.

Political spin is what makes politicians famous and infamous. It is the art of spinning one’s own words to play positively and one’s opponent’s words negatively. And it really helps when the Leftmedia is your partner.

Enter Donald Trump. He’s passionate regarding the serious issues facing the nation, yet, with his politically unorthodox manner, he often finds himself having to refute the continued political spin his untamed tongue has brought to bear. Yesterday, Trump attempted to make the case for just how dangerous a Hillary Clinton presidency would be, saying, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. … [I]f she gets to pick her judges, [there’s] nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I’ll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.” Cue the spin that Donald is calling for Clinton’s assassination or armed revolution. Oh, come on. But this is how the political spin game works.

Remember back in 2008 when Hillary Clinton was asked why she had not yet conceded the race to Barack Obama? She made the following remarks: “I don’t [concede], because, again, I’ve been around long enough. You know, my husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary. … We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California.” Did Hillary really intend to suggest that she was waiting for Obama to be assassinated? You can bet that if she had been running as a Republican, that would have been the story.

Fast forward back to today, clearly Trump was referencing Second Amendment defenders, who are quite a political force for the preservation of Americans’ right to bear arms. Clinton and her campaign are simply using Trump’s off the cuff remark as another means of trolling him, seeking to spin everything he says against him. But let’s be honest — Trump’s lack of speaking discipline, while refreshing to some, has made him an easy target. His task is to stay on message, like the hard-hitting economic speech he gave Monday.

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