On Friday Donald Trump suggested another 2nd Amendment solution for Hillary Clinton. Here is how the New York Times described it that night:
MIAMI — Donald J. Trump once again raised the specter of violence against Hillary Clinton, suggesting Friday that the Secret Service agents who guard her voluntarily disarm to “see what happens to her” without their protection.
“I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons,” Mr. Trump said at a rally in Miami, to loud applause. “I think they should disarm. Immediately.”
He went on: “Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, O.K. It’ll be very dangerous.”
In justifying his remarks, Mr. Trump falsely claimed that Mrs. Clinton wants to “destroy your Second Amendment,” apparently a reference to her gun control policies.
As with his previous Second Amendment threat against Clinton, I was appalled by Trump's statement. On Saturday morning I looked for some sort of Wheeling Intelligencer report from the AP that covered the event. There was nothing. Okay, maybe the lateness of the AP coverage didn't meet the paper's deadline. I waited for today's News-Register and again there was nothing but there was an AP report on Trump's campaign on page A5. The headline read:
Trump Says 'Open Borders' Cost Lives and 'This Will End'
I compared the News-Register story with the original Associated Press story here. The words in bold are some of what was left out of the News-Register article:
. . . .But he also ruled out what he dismissed as "amnesty," saying those who want to live legally in the U.S. will need to leave and head to the back of the line in their home countries.
Later Saturday, Trump hit back at the former defense secretary who called the Republican nominee "beyond repair" when it comes to national security.
Robert Gates, who served under presidents of both parties, wrote in The Wall Street Journal Saturday that Trump is "stubbornly uninformed" about the world. Trump, at a rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado, called Gates "an absolute clown," insinuated that "probably has a problem we don't know about" and then claimed that he would be "so much better at what he's doing" than the former Cabinet member.
But Trump made no mention Saturday of either controversy that dominated the political world a day earlier: he did not address his decision to finally acknowledge that President Barack Obama was born in the United States or his call for Hillary Clinton's Secret Service agents to drop their guns and then "let's see what happens."
What the News-Register and Intelligencer practice is not journalism. I will state it again: they are not real newspapers; they are first and foremost propaganda vehicles for the Republican Party.
(Note - I could not find a link to the News-Register version of the AP story on their website.)
Three days after Donald Trump said that Clinton's "bodyguards should drop all weapons," two days after most newspapers covered his remarks, and one day after the News-Register removed all mention of Trump's statement from an AP story, this morning's Intelligencer finally carried an AP story that dealt with the issue. The page 5 AP article is titled
Trump Supporters Struggle to Sideline Birther Issue
and most of the article deals with that issue. In the middle of the story, however, are these two paragraphs:
And on Friday, he made his usual sarcastic call for Hillary Clinton's Secret Service agents to be stripped of their firearms, then added an aside to his rally remarks: "Let's see what happens to her."
An uproar ensued over what Clinton supporters said was Trump's newest suggestion of violence against her. On Sunday, Pence called that interpretation "absolute nonsense," adding on ABC that Trump was only suggesting Clinton has been protected by gun-toting security guards for decades. Pence said Trump's point was that "she'd change her attitude about the right to keep and bear arms" if she didn't have a security detail. In fact, Clinton has not challenged the constitutional right to bear arms, despite calling for some stronger gun control measures.
(Sorry, no link. As with the Sunday News-Register article, I could not f the AP article on their website.)