Rob Reiner Calls Out GOP Over Trump's 'Second Amendment' Comments: "Enough's Enough"
"It's not as though there haven't been political assassinations in our country, there have been. So you have to say that this is the kind of thing that disqualifies him."
Rob Reiner insists Donald Trump crossed a dangerous line on Tuesday and there is no going back from his comments about Hillary Clinton.
While stumping in Wilmington, N.C., the GOP presidential nominee told his supporters that Clinton was a threat to their Second Amendment rights, adding "By the way, and if she gets to pick — if she gets to pick her [Supreme Court] judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don't know."
Many took the statement as insinuation of violence against Clinton, including Reiner, who told The Hollywood Reporter he couldn't believe what he heard.
"There are so many horrific things that he says that you become numb to it and think you can't be shocked anymore, and then he says something like this," Reiner marveled in disbelief. "And even if he says he was joking, like he did about asking the Russians to hack into Mrs. Clinton's emails, this is really not — because here is the problem, he has got some very violent people who follow him. He's got all these neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups and they're capable of doing all kinds of things."
The Trump campaign released a statement saying the comment was a "unification" call and nothing malicious.
Reiner, who has been vocally critical of Trump on social media and while appearing on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, said the angry rhetoric came to a boil Tuesday with Trump's remark, calling it "scary stuff."
"We're talking about somebody's life here," he told THR. "And it's not as though there haven't been political assassinations in our country, there have been. So you have to say that this is the kind of thing that disqualifies him."
The billionaire businessman turned would-be politician is unlike any candidate Reiner says he has ever witnessed in his lifetime.
"And people just accept that that's who this guy is," said Reiner. "And I call upon responsible leaders in his party to say, 'Enough already. It's enough.'"
No matter what the polls say, Trump has plenty of "diehard" supporters who follow the tone he sets, Reiner said.
"Where's the decency? Where's the compassion and decency for your fellow man? I don't care if you disagree with someone's politics, but there's a certain sense of decency towards other human beings, and he just doesn't show any," said Reiner. "He is a dangerous person. He is a very, very dangerous person. And he only cares about himself, and he is willing to hurt other people to benefit himself."
Saying the media is doing "a little bit better now" of holding Trump accountable than it did during the primary season, Reiner said the bar cannot go any lower this election season.
"There is no place in American political discourse for what this guy is doing," he said. "And he is already preempting everything by saying it's all rigged; the system is rigged, the election is rigged, and I am just scared of those diehard supporters being unleashed somehow. It's an angry mob."