Clinton and Democratic activists were quick to condemn Trump for suggesting political assassination as an option should he lose in November.
The Trump campaign backpedaled furiously saying the candidate meant to rally Second Amendment supporters to the polls. But the explanation was widely discounted by pundits.
They noted that Trump was referring to Clinton after she was elected, not before.
The controversy has special and haunting meaning for Davis. Her father was the victim of an attempted assassination in 1981 at the deranged hands of a man.
“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,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
She called his comments about “Second Amendment people,” glib, horrifying and heard ’round the world.
“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,” she added.
The reference couldn’t be clearer to the man who shot her father, John Hinckley Jr.
Reagan was shot 69 days into his presidency while leaving a speaking engagement at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Hinckley confronted him on the sidewalk and opened fire.
The president was seriously wounded along with White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was paralyzed by a head wound. Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy and Washington D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty were also shot.
At the time, Hinckley said he was obsessed by actress Jodie Foster over her role as a teen prostitute in the 1976 film “Taxi Driver.”
The picture starred Robert De Niro as a similarly obsessed taxi driver. He contemplates a political assassination before turning vigilante and saving Foster’s character.
Hinckley thought by killing the president he could impress Foster and gain her affections.
“Yes, Mr. Trump, your words matter. But then, you know that, which makes this all the more horrifying,” she wrote.
Trump was addressing a rally in North Carolina when he uttered the controversial statement while talking about the Second Amendment.
“If she gets her pick of judges, nothing you can do, folks,” he said. “Although, the Second Amendment people, maybe there is. I don’t know.”
Hinckley, now 61, has spent the last 35 years in prison. A federal judge ordered last month that he was eligible to be released to his parents in Virginia.
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