In 2008, Joe Biden made a personal threat to Barack Obama if he infringes the Second Amendment as president, which was more severe than the statement Donald Trump made the media claimed advocated the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
— Kit Daniels (@KitDaniels1776) August 10, 2016
During a campaign speech to blue dog Democrats in Castlewood, Virginia, Biden warned the audience not to believe pro-gun advocates who were warning that Obama posed a threat to the Second Amendment.
“I’ve got two [guns], and if he tries to fool with my Beretta, he’s got a problem,” he said in reference to Obama.
Trump made a similar statement on Wednesday.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said Tuesday during a rally in Wilmington, N.C. “By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks.”
“Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
— Kit Daniels (@KitDaniels1776) August 9, 2016
It certainly seems Biden was more threatening, although his statement wasn’t much of a threat either; variations of the rhetoric used by Biden and Trump – that the government needs to check itself before infringing civil liberties – has been commonly used by liberals, conservatives and libertarians.
In short, it’s an Americana political statement.
But of course the leftist media, which is always looking for ways to attack Trump, is using the mogul’s statement to claim he is advocating the assassination of Hillary Clinton.
“The statement implies that Americans can stop Hillary Clinton from appointing judges by exercising their Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms,” Raw Story wrote. “The darker implication here is that Americans could use political violence to stop Clinton should she become president.”
Will Raw Story and likeminded outlets demand Biden disavow his 2008 statement? Not likely.
Also in 2008, Hillary Clinton cited the possible assassination of Barack Obama as the reason why she was staying in the presidential race despite falling far behind, a comment the media is ignoring while accusing Donald Trump of advocating the death of Clinton.
Clinton, who ultimately lost the 2008 nomination to Obama, said she fought to the bitter end because Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated just weeks before the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
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