DES MOINES — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday chided Donald Trump for making “casual comments” the day before that she said amounted to inciting violence — and argued the episode is another reason Republicans should support her.
“Donald Trump simply does not have the temperament to be president and commander in chief of the United States,” Clinton said during a rally in a high school gym here in this general-election battleground state.
“We may not agree on everything, but this is not a normal election,” Clinton said, directing her appeal to Republicans who reject Trump’s “values.” She pledged to “work hard over the next three months to earn the support of anyone willing to put our country first.”
Clinton was referring to comments Trump made in Wilmington, N.C., on Tuesday afternoon after accusing Clinton of wanting to strip Americans of their gun rights.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said with a shrug, adding: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”
While many interpreted his remark as threatening — perhaps in a joking manner — Trump’s campaign later insisted he was trying to rally Second Amendment supporters to be politically active.
Speaking to a crowd of more than 1,600 people here, Clinton said Trump’s “casual inciting of violence” were just the latest in a series of comments he has made that cross a line.
Clinton was making her first appearance in Iowa since winning the Democratic caucuses in February.
Her rally comes amid a push by her campaign to aggressively reach out to Republicans and independents willing to denounce Trump and support her. Earlier Wednesday, Clinton’s campaign announced the formation of a new group to coordinate those efforts.
The rally here Wednesday also marked the second time in a week that Secret Service agents have surrounded Clinton on the stage in response to an “animal liberation” protester.
Clinton continued speaking on Wednesday as the agents responded to a woman who had breached a barrier around the stage from which Clinton was speaking in the middle of the room.