Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Words Matter


Trump started a new controversy with remarks about the right to bear arms that were interpreted by many as a threat of violence against Hillary Clinton.
He said: "Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment.  By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.  Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.  But I tell you what, that will be horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we're tied."

The Secret Service's communications director Cathy Milhoan confirmed "the U.S. Secret Service is aware of Mr. Trump's comments."

On CNN, a Secret Service official confirmed:"There has been more than one conversation"on the topic.  The Trump campaign declined to comment on what that Secret Service official had to say.
Trump claimed: "This is a political movement.  This is a strong political movement, the Second Amendment.  And there can be no other interpretation ... I mean, give me a break."
Hillary Clinton responded:"Words matter my friends, and if you are running to be president or you are president of the United States, words can have tremendous consequences.  Yesterday we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from Donald Trump that cross the line."
The former head of the CIA, retired Gen. Michael Hayden, told CNN's Jake Tapper: "If someone else had said that outside the hall, he'd be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him.  You're not just responsible for what you say.  You are responsible for what people hear."

Robby Mook, Clinton's campaign manager explained: "What Trump is saying is dangerous.  A person seeking to the be president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way." 

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