US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has hit back at her Republican rival Donald Trump who suggested that gun rights supporters could act against her.
Trump sparked backlash on Tuesday as he hinted that gun rights supporters could prevent Clinton from taking office, after accusing her of wanting to “abolish the Second Amendment.”
“Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments by Donald Trump that crossed the line,” Clinton told supporters in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday.
“Words matter, my friends. And if you are running to be president, or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences,” she stated.
“Every single one of these incidents shows us that Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and Commander-in-Chief of the United States,” she continued.
At a rally on Tuesday, Trump criticized Clinton for allegedly wanting to appoint justices to the Supreme Court who could weaken gun rights.
“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” he said.
The New York businessman billionaire then went on to make ominous comments about the fate of Clinton.
“Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know,” Trump said. “But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.”
Trump’s remarks sparked an online backlash as many interpreted his comments as a call for the assassination of Clinton.
Trump responded to the public outrage over his controversial comments and said in an interview with Fox News that he was only trying to unify gun owners against Clinton in voting for her.
“This is a political movement. This is a strong political movement, the Second Amendment,” Trump said. “And there can be no other interpretation…I mean, give me a break.”
Later on Wednesday, Trump slammed CNN over claims that the US Secret Service spoke to his campaign about the controversial remarks.
Trump denied a CNN report that the Secret Service spoke with his campaign about his “Second Amendment people” remarks. He tweeted that, “no such meeting or conversation ever happened – a made up story by ‘low ratings’.”