Kaine accuses Trump of inciting violence
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[September 19, 2016]
By Alana Wise
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic vice
presidential candidate Tim Kaine on Sunday accused Donald Trump of
inciting violence against Hillary Clinton after the Republican candidate
said Clinton's security detail should be disarmed given her support for
tighter gun rules.
Kaine, speaking on Fox News Sunday, called Trump's remarks
"When you look at a series of these comments that he's making, I do
believe it is an incite or at a minimum an expression of indifference to
whether violence would occur," he said.
On Friday, Trump said at a campaign rally that Clinton's "bodyguards
should drop all weapons. They should disarm."
"Take their guns away, she doesn't want guns. Take them, let's see what
happens to her. Take their guns away, okay. It will be very dangerous,"
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a top adviser to Trump, told Fox
News Sunday that Trump's comments had been misinterpreted and demanded
that Kaine apologize to Trump for suggesting he had a malicious intent.
"Senator Kaine should be ashamed of himself for saying that Donald Trump
would like to have violence perpetrated against Hillary Clinton but it
just shows how desperate and scared the Clinton-Kaine campaign is now
because this race now is a dead heat and they can't believe it,"
Trump's vice presidential running mate, Mike Pence, called any
interpretation of Trump's Friday remarks as a call to violence "absolute
"His comment was that if she didn't have all that security, she'd change
her attitude about the right to keep and bear arms. And I'll bet that's
probably true,Ē Pence said on ABC's "This Week.
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is joined by her
running mate, vice-presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Tim
Kaine, during a campaign stop at the 11th Congressional District
Labor Day Parade and Festival in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
September 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Trump was criticized by opponents last month when he suggested that gun
rights activists could act to stop Clinton from nominating liberal U.S.
Supreme Court justices, a comment some interpreted as encouraging a
"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks," Trump told a
rally in North Carolina on Aug. 9. "Although the Second Amendment
people, maybe there is, I donít know," he said.
In that case, Trump's campaign also insisted that his comments were not
intended to incite violence.
(Reporting by Alana Wise, Rick Cowan and Dustin Volz; Editing by Caren
Bohan and James Dalgleish)
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