It was a case study in how a single remark can shake up a presidential campaign before a speech is even over.
The cameras were rolling in Wilmington, N.C., as Republican nominee Donald Trump told his audience about how his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, would clamp down on gun rights.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the 2nd Amendment,” Trump said Tuesday afternoon, apparently reading from notes on his lectern. Then he looked up to freestyle with his audience. “By the way, and if she gets to pick” — here, Trump paused as the crowd booed — “if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks.”