Politics

Trump Rally Speaker Imagines Deaths of Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin

October 30th 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign has stepped up the vicious attacks on his opponent as Election Day nears, and that reached a peak Sunday when conservative commentator Wayne Allyn Root imagined a TV movie that culminates in the deaths of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her close aide, Huma Abedin.

Root made the comments at a Las Vegas rally, Politico reported.

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Root's comments are not the first (second or even third) time a Trump surrogate or the candidate himself has intimated Clinton's death.

Trump's own comments have been interpreted as references to a Clinton assassination several times.

Trump surrogates said the "second amendment people" comment was simply a call for gun owners to vote in November, CNN reported.

Trump himself accused the "dishonest" media of mischaracterizing his remark, NPR reported.

The Secret Service investigated Trump adviser Rep. Al Baldasaro, R-N.H., after he said at a July rally that Clinton should be shot, CNN reported.

"The liberal media took what I said and went against the law and the Constitution and ran with it, and they said that I wanted her assassinated, which I never did," Baldasaro told The Republican/MassLive.com, according to TPM. "I said I spoke as a veteran, and she should be shot in a firing squad for treason."

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told New Hampshire news outlet WMUR that Trump did not agree with Baldasaro's comment.

Root on Sunday invoked a variety of pop cultural references to compare Clinton and Abedin to O.J. Simpson and Thelma and Louise.

"It's Hillary in a white Ford Bronco," Root reportedly said. "She's got Huma driving, and they're headed for the Mexican border."

"When they make the run for the border of Mexico, there's nowhere to go, because President Trump has built a big, beautiful wall," he went on.

Root envisioned Clinton and Abedin driving off a cliff.

"We all get our wish," Root said. "The ending is like ‘Thelma and Louise.'"

Root's remarks elicited cheers from the crowd, Politico reported.

Violence is a real threat facing women in politics.

More than 40 percent of female legislators around the world have faced violent threats, according to a recent report from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, which surveyed 55 female members of parliament from 39 countries in five regions of the world. One-fifth of the women reported that they had experienced "one or more acts of physical violence," The Guardian reported.

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"Of the women surveyed, 18 were members of parliament in Africa, 15 in Europe, 10 in Asia-Pacific, eight in the Americas, and four in the Arab world," New York magazine's The Cut reported. The report does not specify if women from the U.S. were included.

Trump's supporters have been accused of violent attacks and harassment numerous times.

ATTN: has reported previously that an artist who painted a controversial anti-Trump portrait alleged that Trump supporters attacked her in Los Angeles in May.

Trump supporters also allegedly attacked male critics of the candidate. In recent weeks, Never-Trump conservatives Erick Erickson and David French chronicled the fear, threats, and violence they faced since speaking out against Trump.

ATTN: reached out to the Trump campaign for comment on this story and will update it when we receive a response.

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