If it was a joke, nobody laughed very loudly.
Donald Trump appeared on Tuesday to suggest that if Hillary Clinton was elected president, the only way to stop her choosing Supreme Court justices would be to shoot her.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” he said, referring to the piece of legislation that gun rights activists claim gives them the right to bear weapons.
“By the way, and 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.”
Mr Trump’s comment came during a rally in Wilmington, Delaware and was immediately seized on by commentators as the latest example of the New York tycoon’s offhand language.
Two weeks he sparked huge controversy when he called on Russia to hack into Ms Clinton’s emails. The following day, amid outcry from people across the political spectrum, Mr Trump said he was simply joking.
On, Tuesday after, Ms Clinton’s responded to Mr Trump’s comments, saying it was proof of his unsuitability for the office. “This is simple – what Trump said was dangerous. A person seeking to the president of the US should not be suggesting violence in any way.”