Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Media types are spending this afternoon parsing exactly what Donald Trump was implying when he used the term “Second Amendment people” to talk about preventing Hillary Clinton from picking judges. With 91 days still left until the election, we could all use some “21st Amendment people” to help us get through the next three months.
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Another day, another news cycle hijacked by an off-the-cuff comment by the GOP nominee. Donald Trump told a crowd in North Carolina that Clinton “wants to abolish the Second Amendment,” adding “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.” Team Trump swifty branded the media “dishonest” for suggesting that the comment encouraged violence against Clinton or judges, saying what Trump meant was that “2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power.” Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign made clear exactly what they thought about the comments: “A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way."
The statement - like many of Trump’s sentences - lacks some clarity when it comes to subjects and verbs. And Trump backers are guaranteed to say that he was, at the most, reminding gun owners that the Second Amendment is meant to protect the people from government overreach. But here’s Trump’s issue: Backtracking and cleanup after incendiary comments hsa become par for the course for Trump, which means he has earned no benefit of the doubt when it comes to what his team says he *really* meant versus what was heard. And the comment - even if misinterpreted - sure as heck means that the much-ballyhooed Trump “reset” is dead in its tracks once again.
POPPING ON NBC POLITICS
- The Trump campaign defended the GOP nominee’s comment about 2nd Amendment supporters stopping Hillary Clinton from making judicial appointments if president.
- Hillary Clinton’s campaign is outspending Trump $52 million to 0 on ads, according to ad spending data provided to NBC News.
- Republican Sen. Susan Collins explained her decision not to back Donald Trump in an interview with NBC News.
- Clinton is looking to expand to the traditionally Republican states of Georgia and Arizona, NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald and Kristen Welker report.
- But she’s using some anxiety to keep donors’ wallets open amid all the favorable polling.
- Paul Ryan is the heavy favorite in his primary challenge that has become symbolic of GOP turmoil, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell writes.
- And from First Read: Mitch McConnell has a Supreme Court dilemma.
FOR THE RECORD…
“Yeah, and my answer would be, sure.”
Newt Gingrich, asked if Donald Trump has the mental fitness to be president
Hillary Clinton is in Des Moines.
Donald Trump holds a rally in Florida while Mike Pence campaigns in Ohio.