Kaine: Trump Is Inciting Violence Against Clinton

• September 18, 2016 9:29 am


Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) said Sunday that Donald Trump was inciting violence against Hillary Clinton when the GOP candidate suggested the pro-gun-control Clinton's bodyguards should be disarmed.

"I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm … I think they should disarm immediately," Trump said on Friday. "Take their guns away, she doesn't want guns. Let's see what happens to her."

Kaine told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace he thought it was a call for violence against Clinton when prompted.

"I do believe that, Chris," Kaine said. "I was stunned when I saw it, although he's done it before."

Trump was criticized earlier this year when he said "Second Amendment people" could possibly stop Clinton, although Trump's defenders said he was referring to passionate gun rights advocates turning out to vote against her.

Kaine said he and Clinton supported the Second Amendment and were not "taking people's guns away."

"He is using language that is an incitement to violence or an encouragement of violence, or at least being kind of cavalier and reckless about violence, and that has no place in any election, especially an election to be president," Kaine said.

Wallace said Kaine's charge was "stunning," asking him if he truly believed Trump was calling for violence.

"I do," he said. "When you look at a series of these comments that he's making, I do believe it is an incitement or at a minimum an expression of indifference to whether violence would occur. This is a pattern that has been repeated over and over again, and I think it doesn't belong in any race, much less a race to be president of this country."