Appearing Sunday on Fox News Sunday, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine accused Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of imperiling Hillary Clinton’s life.
Citing Clinton’s radical gun control stance at a Friday rally, the New York businessman told his audience Clinton’s positions on guns could be tested should her Secret Service detail be disarmed.
“(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,” Trump told the audience.
Kaine was then asked by host Chris Wallace if Trump’s remarks “in any way was inciting an act of violence against Clinton?”
“I do believe that, Chris. I was stunned when I saw it, although he has done it before. 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,” Kaine said.
Kaine added both he and Clinton support the Second Amendment and insisted the Clinton campaign was not intent on taking guns away from law-abiding gun owners.
Following Kaine’s interview, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie angrily denounced Kaine and demanded the Virginia senator apologize for distorting Mr. Trump’s comments.
“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,” Christie said.
The National Rifle Association (NRA), America’s largest gun advocacy group, endorsed Donald Trump in May.
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