Donald Trump's big economic speech on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club was supposed to be his attempt at rebooting his campaign -- pivoting away from, as CNN put it, "a week of brutal self-inflicted wounds" and looking presidential amid increasing questions about his mental stability by, well, pretty much everyone who doesn't own a "Make America Great Again" hat.
It didn't last a day.
Here's Trump on Tuesday:
Text: "Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
But no one should be surprised. It's only a hop, skip, and a jump from calling for the jailing of your political opponent to calling for their assassination. So if you didn't see this coming, shame on you!
This is a man, after all, who is going strictly by the Dictator's playbook:
He has demonized minorities
He has attacked a member of the judiciary based solely on their ethnic origin
He has called for banning entry to the country based on religion
He has pledged to curb press freedom through libel laws
He has called for the torture and killing of civilians
He has regularly praised authoritarian governments and dictators and has called for a foreign power to interfere in our elections
He has called for the imprisonment of his political opponent, and now
Oh, yeah. He's also signaled his interest in using nuclear weapons.
He has suggested that his political rival should be assassinated
This hasn't been a joke for a very long time. And, no one should be surprised anymore at anything Trump has to say.