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Donald Trump's Second Amendment comment spurs criticism

Republican nominee Donald Trump has made yet another controversial statement that has prompted criticism from politicians.

At a rally on Aug. 9, 2016, Trump spoke critically of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's position on gun control, saying she would take guns away from Americans if she is elected and able to choose new Supreme Court judges. But he didn't stop there.

"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks," he said. "Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

Trump later said he was trying to rally supporters to vote against Clinton.

Here are some of the reactions to Trump's remarks.

Hillary Clinton

Clinton's campaign responded to Trump with a statement
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Clinton's campaign responded to Trump with a statement calling his words "dangerous." "This is simple -- what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the President of the United States should not suggest violence in any way," the statement read.

Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he thought Trump's
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House Speaker Paul Ryan said he thought Trump's comment sounded "like just a joke gone bad." Speaking at a news conference in Wisconsin, Ryan added, "I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that."

Elizabeth Warren

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded by tweeting,
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren responded by tweeting, ".@realDonaldTrump makes death threats because he's a pathetic coward who can't handle the fact that he's losing to a girl."

Michael Hayden

Former director of the CIA Michael Hayden said,
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Former director of the CIA Michael Hayden said, "If someone else had said that outside the hall, he'd be in the back of a police wagon now with the Secret Service questioning him." Hayden also passed along a lesson to Trump that he used to tell people who worked for him at the CIA: "You're not just responsible for what you say. You are responsible for what people hear."

Peter King

New York Rep. Peter King said Trump's remark
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New York Rep. Peter King said Trump's remark was "a type of comment that a presidential candidate should not make" and said he should take it back. But King added that he didn't think Trump really meant to suggest people should assassinate Hillary Clinton. "I interpreted it just as something a guy says over the shoulder. It was wrong. He shouldn't have said it," King said. "I don't think he even fully appreciated what he was saying."

Bernice King

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.,
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Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote, "As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump's comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous. His words don't #LiveUp. #MLK" on Twitter.

Tim Kaine

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"Nobody who is seeking a leadership position, especially the presidency, should do anything to countenance violence, and that's what Donald Trump did today," vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine said in a statement. Quoting a phrase from the Gospel, Kaine added, "'from the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.' What comes out often reveals something important about who you are. I think Donald Trump revealed again today that he is temperamentally unfit to be president."

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