[There was a video here]

Today at a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, Donald Trump joked about second amendment fanatics assassinating President Hillary Clinton (or, possibly, a justice she appoints) to prevent her from putting liberal justices on the Supreme Court.

He said:

Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the second amendment—by the way, and if she gets to pick—[booing]—if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the second amendment people, maybe there is, I dunno.

Trump is far from the first person to joke about someone assassinating Hillary Clinton, but it is considered unusual for a major party nominee for the presidency to “go there,” as they say.

Surely this will only further boost his incredibly successful campaign into a stratosphere of popularity not yet reached by any candidate in this country’s history.

UPDATE (4 p.m.) A very quick statement from the Trump campaign:

[Via Bradd Jaffy]