Donald Trump’s statement about “Second Amendment” people, and the possible assassination of Hillary Clinton, has caused the media-shy Kennedy family to write an op-ed to rebuke Trump’s dangerous statement.
In a Washington Post op-ed, William Kennedy Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith, who are the nephew and sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and who were both assassinated, said that Trump’s comments disqualify him from holding office.
The Kennedy’s wrote, “It was with a real sense of sadness and revulsion that we listened to Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, as he referred to the options available to ‘Second Amendment people,’ a remark widely, and we believe correctly, interpreted as a thinly veiled reference or ‘joke’ about the possibility of political assassination. Anyone who loves politics, the open competition of ideas and public participation in a free society, knows that political violence is the greatest of all civic sins. It is not to be encouraged. It is not funny. It is not a joke.”
The Kennedy’s said Trump’s comments were the latest in a pattern of “dark and offensive rhetoric” in his campaign. They said, “Trump’s remarks frequently, if not inevitably, spark outrage, which is followed by a clarification that, in lieu of an apology, seeks to attribute the dark undertones of his words to the listener’s twisted psyche. This fools no one. The truth remains that words do matter, especially when it comes to presidential candidates. On that basis alone, Donald Trump is not qualified to be president of the United States.”
Trump’s campaign had no response to the Kennedy’s, and the campaign has downplayed the controversy, blaming it on the media and the Clinton campaign spinning his remarks.