CNN chose not to go to commercial break for over a half-hour on Thursday morning as anchor Chris Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani debated about the media’s coverage of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
A major point of contention centered on Trump’s comments regarding Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment.
Trump stated at a rally on Tuesday: “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 a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in. Right now we’re tied.”
Cuomo said the GOP nominee was joking about gun rights supporters taking matters into their own hands if Clinton should become president.
“It wasn’t a joke,” Giuliani countered.
“You’re not saying he had serious intentions about Second Amendment people doing something bad?” asked the New Day host.
“Of course not! No more than Hilary Clinton had eight years ago when she said she was gonna stay in the [Democrat primary] race [against Barack Obama] because, remember, [Bobby] Kennedy was assassinated,” the mayor responded.
The two continued:
CUOMO: You know what she did after she said that? She apologized.
GIULIANI: Well because she was wrong.
CUOMO: Why didn’t he apologize?
GIULIANI: He wasn’t wrong!
CUOMO: How was he not wrong? To encourage people with the Second Amendment —
GIULIANI: No, no. —
CUOMO: … with guns that maybe you can do something?
GIULIANI: Chris. Chris Chris Chris. He didn’t encourage them to do that. He was saying don’t vote for her. It’s the Clinton spin machine —
CUOMO: No! I’m not part of the Clinton spin machine and you know that.
GIULIANI: But you accepted it!
Trump made it clear after his speech that he meant the National Rifle Association has a lot of political power, with Democrats and Republicans. “This is a political movement. This is a strong political movement, the Second Amendment,” Trump said to Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night. “And there can be no other interpretation … I mean, give me a break.”
When President Obama pushed for major gun control changes in 2013, including an assault weapons ban and universal background checks, the NRA opposed the legislation and it died in the Senate with Republican and some Democrat opposition.
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