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Trump suggests gun owners could stop Clinton

House Democrat David Cicilline calls Republican presidential hopeful's remarks ‘despicable’

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that “Second Amendment people” - gun owners - could stop Hillary Clinton from winning the White House and picking new US Supreme Court justices.

It was not immediately clear exactly what Trump meant by his remarks, but they were quickly highlighted by US media and social media users who expressed concern that Trump was advocating, in jest or not, that Clinton or the judges could be shot.

Right to bear arms

“Hillary wants to essentially abolish the second Amendment,” Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, referring to the US Constitution’s clause that enshrines the rights of Americans to bear arms.

“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people -- maybe there is, I don't know.”

“In this clip, Trump’s either calling for an armed revolt or the assassination of his opponent. Despicable,” House Democrat David Cicilline posted on Twitter along with footage of Trump’s remarks.

Trump has repeatedly bashed his opponent for seeking to abolish gun rights, while Clinton has said she favors tougher gun controls.