From the world of “How low can you go, Donnie Boy,” here’s Limbo Rock by Chubby Checker. So, how low did Donald J. Trump go today? Well, the New York Times has the story in a very balanced piece by Nick Corasiniti and Maggie Haberman: Donald Trump Suggests ‘Second Amendment People’ Could Act against Hillary Clinton. Here’s the money quote:
If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.
Michael Hayden, the retired Four Star Air Force General and former head of the National Security Agency, responded as well as anyone can when he said: “I used to tell my seniors at the CIA, you get to a certain point in this business, you’re not just responsible for what you say, you are responsible for what people hear.” (By the way, General Hayden is a Republican.)
And for those who say, “Well, he didn’t mean it” or “Those are constitutional rights, son,” you know—we all know—to what Mr. Trump was referring. Sharron Angle, who ran against Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2010, talked about “Second Amendment remedies.” Sarah Palin used gun sights in an ad, targeting Democrats in the House of Representatives in 2010. In her crosshairs in the ad? Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. (Did Governor Palin intend for Jared Laughner to shoot and kill people? Of course not. See General Hayden, above.)
Anger and guns match up very poorly. Really! In my lifetime—not even 60 years—a man with a gun killed President John F. Kennedy. A crazy man with a gun seriously wounded President Ronald Reagan. Two crazy women with guns, within 17 days of one another, pulled the respective triggers in front of President Gerald Ford. A man with a gun murdered Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy. And a man with a gun shot Governor George Wallace, also a presidential candidate, leaving him paralyzed for the remaining 26 years of his life.
Thirty thousand Americans die because of guns every years. Most are suicides. Many of the rest involve people who know one another. And yes, more often than when we have a blue moon, some good guy does something amazing with a gun. (For a serious and scary look at the gun epidemic in America, read 15 Statistics That Tell the Story of Gun Violence This Year, written by Jennifer Mascia last December for The Trace.)
Donald J. Trump wants to follow in the footsteps of Presidents Kennedy, Ford, and Reagan. He has shared their journey, and the same journey which ended abruptly for Senator Robert Kennedy and Governor Wallace. And he seeks the leadership of a country in which one of every 11,000 of us will die on account of a gunshot every year. Yet he thinks it’s OK to hint—let’s assume he is truly too stupid to appreciate the freight which “Second Amendment” carries—at the notion that someone might take out his opponent? As the duly elected President of the United States. OMG, what have we come too? Truly, who are we, when this man still gets attention and support? (Does Mr. Trump intend for anyone to shoot Hillary Clinton? Of course not. Again, see General Hayden, above.)
Mr. Trump has disqualified himself on so, so many levels, from the right to lead us. We watch, we shake our heads, we get outraged … and we ask ourselves, “How low, Donnie Boy?” “How low will you go?” Really, really low, it turns out!
One more thing. My almost 60-year-old ears get checked every year at my annual physical. “Good on the hearing,” I’m told. So I’m wondering why I can’t hear Speaker Paul Ryan. Leader Mitch McConnell. Senator John McCain. Etc. We’re listening … and the silence gets louder and louder.
[The Curator got the night off, unexpectedly, when Mr. Trump opened his mouth.]