The National Rifle Association (NRA) rushed to defend Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump after he said on Aug. 9 that "Second Amendment people" could possibly stop Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton from nominating U.S. Supreme Court justices (video below).
The NRA tweeted on Aug. 9: "[Donald J. Trump] is right. If [HillaryClinton] gets to pick her anti-#2A #SCOTUS judges, there’s nothing we can do. ... #NeverHillary," reports POLITICO.
As a matter of record, a president cannot simply pick U.S Supreme Court judges and install them. All nominations have to be voted on and approved by the U.S. Senate.
On Aug. 10, the NRA released a new ad attacking Clinton (an actress played her) for being wealthy and having armed security, notes POLITICO:
She’s one of the wealthiest women in politics. Combined income: 30 million dollars. Tours the world on private jets. Protected by armed guards for thirty years. But she doesn’t believe in your right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. An out-of-touch hypocrite, she’d leave you defenseless.
PolitiFact noted that Trump made a similar assertion on July 21 at the Republican National Convention, and the site issued this conclusion: "We found no evidence of Clinton ever saying verbatim or suggesting explicitly she wants to abolish the Second Amendment. The bulk of her comments suggest the opposite: She wants to enact stricter gun control, but has no objection to responsible gun ownership."
According to POLITICO, the NRA is the only major political group that is spending money for Trump, and has spent $6 million in this cycle for him.
"If elected Hillary Clinton will appoint an-anti-gun Supreme Court Justice to overturn our fundamental right to self-protection,” Chris Cox, head of NRA’s Political Victory Fund, told USA TODAY.
"That is what this election is about: protecting our individual right to keep a firearm in our home for protection and making sure that there isn’t one set of rules for political elites like Hillary Clinton and a different set for the rest of us."
Cox and the NRA ad did not mention that Clinton has used professionally-trained security because she is a political figure who has received threats, and by law (now) is required to have Secret Service protection.
Cox and the NRA did not attack Trump who is reportedly much wealthier than Clinton, also uses armed security and has Secret Service detail.
"The Second Amendment is on the ballot and the only way to protect that right is to vote for Donald Trump is defeat Hillary Clinton," NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told the newspaper.
As a matter of record, a president does not have the power to repeal any amendments in the U.S. Constitution.