That last Trump gaffe was special, wasn't it?

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Tuesday's Donald Trump mouth-oops was brought to you by the National Rifle Association.

At a campaign event in North Carolina, the Republican presidential nominee went off on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for what he wishes her position on the Second Amendment was (no, she does not want to abolish it). He told the crowd her Supreme Court Justice nominees would be terrible for the country, perhaps only to be stopped by "Second Amendment people."

Right away people went nuts, looking straight past the standard pack of falsehoods that salt his speeches, interpreting his comment as something of a "veiled threat" not-so-subtly urging his supporters to attempt to shoot Clinton's nominees or perhaps even Clinton herself should she take the Oval Office.

Was he truly inciting violence?

Maybe.

We can see three ways in which to interpret this:

1) He meant it.

This is probably not likely, a) because when has he ever meant anything he said?; and b) when has he ever said anything he meant?

2) You idiots! He was referring to the profound passion, unflappable spirit and seemingly unlimited resources avid gun rights advocates and their corresponding lobby possess, which they use to influence elections as well as public policy!

That's what his campaign would like you to think:

“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,” Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller said in a written statement fired off as the Tuesday afternoon controversy flared.

...If only Mr. Trump would have taken time to elaborate on that, we would have avoided this whole mess.

or...

3) He was jus' talkin' shit, bro.

Does your family have a dry, biting sense of humor that rears its head after midnight and lots of beer?

If so, then you'd understand that this is the kind of dark, sarcastic son-of-a-bitch thing you'd say to outdo your siblings (except you'd phrase it way better and your delivery would be impeccable, believe me).

Mmmkay, fine. Trump was probably being facetious.

But there are a lot of fucking nutjobs out there who genuinely believe Clinton and others deserve bodily harm, and they're being egged on in such thinking thanks to you and your similarly bloated surrogates.

They do not get the joke, and it is not okay.

As Clinton campaign spokesperson Robby Mook not-so-subtly suggested in a written statement, even if Trump was trying to make a joke, what he said was serious — and “dangerous.”  

"A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way," he said.

These comments will, of course, occupy the remainder of the news cycle, until he says another questionable thing.

Politicians not running for president are along for the media ride.

The campaign of Florida U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy, for example, sought to tie U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (who would likely be Murphy's opponent if Murphy wins his primary) to Trump's comments, even though Rubio wants little or nothing to do with Trump, who quashed his presidential aspirations earlier this year.

“Marco Rubio’s choice for President just suggested using gun violence to stop Hillary Clinton, should she win the election,” Murphy said in a statement. “The fact that Marco Rubio continues to stand by this unhinged bully as he goes on inappropriate tirade after tirade is completely unacceptable. Marco Rubio should condemn Trump’s violent outburst today, and follow the lead of a growing list of Republican leaders and withdraw his support for Donald Trump.”

There's likely more where that came from.

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