Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign responded angrily to Donald Trump’s comments on the Second Amendment Tuesday, pushing the false narrative that he had called for her assassination.
“A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.” pic.twitter.com/Uu55CBCqdK
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 9, 2016
However, Clinton herself was accused of inciting Barack Obama’s assassination, in comments she made during the 2008 primary.
As the New York Post reported at the time:
WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday brought up the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy while defending her decision to stay in the race against Barack Obama – drawing a furious reaction from the front-runner’s camp.
“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” she said, dismissing calls to drop out.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton rebuked Clinton, saying her remark was “unfortunate and has no place in this campaign.”
Any comments about assassination and the primary contest are especially sensitive because Obama is the first African-American to advance so far in the race for the White House and he has faced threats, congressional sources have said.
Clinton later apologized (or, more precisely, expressed “regret” that people had taken offense).
Another who mentioned the possibility of an Obama assassination was none other than Obama’s own running mate, then-Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE):
“I guarantee you, Barack Obama ain’t taking my shotguns, so don’t buy that malarkey,” Biden said angrily. “They’re going to start peddling that to you. I got two, if he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem.”
Trump did not actually discuss assassinating Hillary Clinton, but rather referred to “Second Amendment people” resisting government efforts to take away their rights and their guns.