At a rally yesterday (August 9) at Trask Coliseum in Wilmington, N.C., Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested that gun rights advocates could use their weapons of choice to stop his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. And, by the way, if she gets to pick her judges—nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said in the speech, which you can read here.

 

The criticism was swift, as many felt he was encouraging his supporters to enact violence on Clinton. The former secretary of state’s campaign responded with a short, pointed statement via campaign manager Robby Mook: “This is simple—what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”

Many others also took issue with Trump’s rhetoric, including people whose lives have been rocked by gun violence:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In fact, the Secret Service did acknowledge Trump’s comment, via this tweet:

 

Trump’s campaign responded to the criticism via a statement titled “Trump Campaign Statement on Dishonest Media”:

It’s called the power of unification—2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.

And Trump himself hopped on Twitter to attack media for reporting on his speech: