Donald Trump’s latest foray into controversy got the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, prompting the organization to contact the GOP presidential candidate, CNN reports.
The report quotes a Secret Service official saying, “There has been more than one conversation” on the topic.
The moves follow an appearance by Trump in North Carolina in which he told the crowd: “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.”
Many observers have interpreted the last comment as an invitation to gun rights advocates to take violent action against Hillary Clinton.
“The Secret Service’s communications director Cathy Milhoan has not confirmed the conversations between the campaign and the Secret Service, but said in a statement Tuesday that ‘the U.S. Secret Service is aware of Mr. Trump’s comments,'” CNN reports.
The Trump camp was doing damage control Tuesday night, issuing a statement characterizing the comments as an effort to unify gun owners against Clinton in the voting booth.
Jason Miller, senior communications adviser for the Trump campaign, said in a statement: “It’s called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump.”