After a tumultuous week during which he engaged in a public feud with the parents of a war hero and suggested that his daughter, Ivanka, should change careers if she were sexually harassed at the workplace, it seemed like Donald Trump heeded the advice of top Republican leaders to get back on message.
But that quiet didn't last long. Days later, Trump appeared to advocate violence against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a comment that drew immediate and widespread condemnation, including by former Arizona representative Gabby Giffords, who survived being shot in the head while meeting voters.
Trump said that it would be a "horrible day" if Clinton were elected because she would appoint a Supreme Court justice who favored stricter gun control laws.
"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks," Trump told a booing crowd. "Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don't know."
Among those repudiating Trump's shocking remarks is Patti Davis, the daughter of the patron saint of the Republican party, Ronald Reagan. In 1981, Reagan survived an assassination attempt by a man whose motives were inspired by the movie Taxi Driver.
In a post shared on Facebook, Davis recalled her father's close call with death and valiantly spoke out against Trump's choice of words:
To Donald Trump: I am the daughter of a man who was shot by someone who got his inspiration from a movie, someone who believed if he killed the President the actress from that movie would notice him. Your glib and horrifying comment about "Second Amendment people" was heard around the world. It was heard by sane and decent people who shudder at your fondness for verbal violence. It was heard by your supporters, many of whom gleefully and angrily yell, "Lock her up!" at your rallies. It was heard by the person sitting alone in a room, locked in his own dark fantasies, who sees unbridled violence as a way to make his mark in the world, and is just looking for ideas.
During the Republican primary, Reagan's was the name most frequently invoked by candidates who lauded his policies, his commitment to limited government, and even his smile. No other Republican leader in recent memory is as canonized as Reagan, though ironically, Davis has stated that her father would be "appalled" by them, in reference to their strong opposition to gun control measures.
Though Trump's campaign frequently defends the candidate's controversial statements as jokes, Davis made an important point.
"Yes, Mr. Trump, words matter," she wrote. "But then you know that, which makes this all even more horrifying."
Read her full post here:
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