With her defeat all but certain, Hillary Clinton struggled in 2008 to explain why she refused to concede the Democratic nomination fight to Barack Obama. “We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California,” she said.
The response was universally harsh. Her team quickly explained that Clinton meant to note simply that this was not the first primary campaign to stretch into the summer, not to suggest that Obama might be assassinated. She publicly apologized to the Kennedy family.
The incident showed how desperate Clinton was to win, how ham-fisted she could be as a candidate, and how far she would stretch to parse a political gaffe.
Donald Trump’s defenders are dredging up the Kennedy quote to defend a far more grotesque comment their candidate made Tuesday.
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people—maybe there is, I don’t know.
But—but I’ll tell you what. That will be a horrible day. If—if Hillary gets to put her judges—right now, we’re tied. You see what’s going on.
I’m not a mind reader, so I don’t know what Trump meant to suggest when he said, “maybe there is” something Second Amendment supporters can do to prevent Clinton from picking judges.