Along with the FBI, the secret service is now looking into the death threat made by Donald Trump today against Hillary Clinton:
According to CNBC:
A group of pro-Clinton Super PACs have called the FBI and demanded an investigation into Trump’s recent comments on Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment, which were a barely disguised dog-whistle calling on “Second Amendment People” to assassinate the Democratic nominee or otherwise incite some kind of armed rebellion against the United States government.
“The Democratic Coalition Against Trump today reached out to high-level contacts in the Washington, D.C. field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to voice concerns about Donald Trump’s call for violence against Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and to argue that Trump should be arrested for attempting to incite political violence.
There is no place in American politics for this kind of disgusting rhetoric. Donald Trump should immediately drop out of the race, and he should be arrested for committing a federal crime. He’s proven himself to be nothing more than a thug, and anyone supporting him after this grotesque display should be publicly shamed. It’s truly abhorrent and we must all stand united – regardless of party affiliation to say loudly that Americans reject this kind of hateful and dangerous rhetoric.”
It is expected that the Secret Service will be looking into the matter as well, since his statements are a threat against former Presidents and certain other persons under 8 U.S.C. § 879 of the US Code – Section 879. Trump could even possibly face up to five years in prison for his treasonous talk.
This shocking statement by Trump is the culmination of years of anti-government sedition cultivated by the Republican Party and the National Rifle Association, and is a disgrace to our democracy and our electoral process.
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