Donald Trump while stumping in North Carolina on Tuesday made a reference that immediately got the attention of the crowd and social media.
While discussing the upcoming election, the GOP presidential nominee made it clear to his supporters that their Second Amendment rights were in danger if Hillary Clinton beats him in the fall. And that is when he made the statement.
"Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump started. "By the way, and if she gets to pick - if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."
Some people in the crowd were shown laughing at the remark right after it was made.
Not long after the rally was over, the Trump campaign released a message about the statement, titled "dishonest media."
"It's called the power of unification - 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power," Jason Miller, Trump's senior communications advisor, said in the statement. And this year, "they will be voting in record numbers, and it won't be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump."
Hillary Clinton also released a statement on Trump's remarks.
"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
Guy behind Trump immediately realized what he said was a problem. https://t.co/F3mSP9GLqt
- Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) August 9, 2016
Watch the clip below:
Aug. 9, 1:10 p.m.: This story has been updated with a statement from Hillary Clinton.
Aug. 9, 1 p.m.: This story has been updated with a statement from the Trump campaign.