Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has taken to social media to blast GOP nominee Donald Trump for recent comments he made about his general election rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
On Aug. 8, Trump ambiguously suggested that American gun owners may be the only way to stop Clinton from appointing Supreme Court justices who will dismantle the Second Amendment.
“Hillary Clinton wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump told a crowd of supporters in North Carolina, reports BBC. “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.”
Trump then added: “But the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
The GOP nominee’s comment was swiftly condemned by his critics, who slammed the business mogul for offhandedly suggesting that a gun owner could assassinate Clinton to preserve the Second Amendment.
In addition, Trump’s assertion that Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment has already been debunked. The Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking website, PolitiFact, rated his statement to be false, noting that there is no evidence that Clinton is against the Second Amendment but instead that she is proposing new gun control measures.
Rather, 84, took to Facebook to scold Trump for his comments.
“By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics,” Rather wrote. “This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival.”
Rather questioned whether or not Trump had actually broken the law with his comment, asking “If any other citizen had said this about a presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?”
The former CBS News anchor added that even if Trump clarified his comments or if his allies dismissed accusations that he was inciting violence, “Once the words are out there they cannot be taken back.”
Former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York City, a Trump ally, told ABC News that Trump was not proposing violence but instead calling for Second Amendment supporters to use their votes to stop a Clinton presidency.
Giuliani added, “If Donald Trump was going to say something like that, he’d say something like that ... With a crowd like that, if that’s what they thought he’d meant, they’d have gone wild.”
Rather is not convinced. The former anchor called on the GOP leadership to renounce their endorsements for Trump.
“Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate,” Rather continued. “That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.”