Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump renewed his attack Friday on rival Hillary Clinton by suggesting that her bodyguards should disarm in order to “see what happens” to the Democratic nominee asking for more stringent gun laws.
“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” Trump said at a rally in Miami, weeks before the November elections. “I think they should disarm immediately.”
“Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It’ll be very dangerous,” the real estate mogul added.
Arguing against Clinton’s position over gun rights, Trump claimed that the former secretary of state wanted to “destroy your Second Amendment.” In the past, he has called for his rival’s Secret Service detail to “disarm,” however, a mention of what would happen to her if such a move becomes reality has not been made by the Republican nominee.
Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, reportedly said that such remarks “should be out of bounds for a presidential candidate.”
“Whether this is done to provoke protesters at a rally or casually or even as a joke, it is an unacceptable quality in anyone seeking the job of commander in chief,” Mook said in a statement. “He is unfit to be President and it is time Republican leaders stand up to denounce this disturbing behavior in their nominee.”
The Secret Service declined to comment on the remark, CNN reported.
In May this year, Trump used social media to accuse Clinton of being a hypocrite for accepting armed Secret Service protection, as she fought for limiting weapons access for the public. The Republican nominee suggested that she wanted a ban on all guns, which is not the case.
Trump’s latest comments came soon after he finally put to rest his theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period,” Trump said at an event Friday, shifting the blame for the “birther movement” on to Clinton by claiming that she was the one who suggested that Obama, a Hawaii native, was born overseas, as she campaigned during the 2008 elections. There exists no definitive proof of this.