Ronald Reagan's daughter slams Donald Trump's verbal violence
Patti Davis speaks at the funeral service for her mother former US First Lady Nancy Reagan on MArch 11, 2016. Photograph: (AFP)
It has been a turbulent week for Republican US presidential nominee Donald Trump after his ambiguous statement referring to possible actions that "Second Amendment people" could do in order to stop Democratic rival Hillary Clinton from nominating liberal US Supreme Court justices.
"Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment. If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know," Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Wednesday.
The Second Amendment states: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It is often invoked by gun rights activists and other US citizens demanding the right to carry firearms, whether or not they are in a militia maintaining the security of the state.
Even if Trump clarified afterwards that he was just appealing to gun rights activists not to vote for Clinton, many understood his remark as a call to violence against her and a menace to a presidential candidate's own safety.
Social media accused him of effectively calling for Clinton’s assassination, and the web was filled with tens of thousands of Tweets and posts.
An additional major blow for the Republican candidate appeared today on Patti Davis' Facebook timeline. Ronald Reagan's daughter criticised the kind of verbal violence Trump used, recalling what happened to her father, who was shot at by a man who was inspired by a movie.
Coming directly from the daughter of the man who many consider synonymous with the Republican Party, such a comment does not go unnoticed.
The defence that critics are all Democrats or members of the "politically correct" liberal establishment does not seem to be sticking, as Trump is facing serious, and mounting, criticism within his own ranks.
Reagan's indictment comes shortly after the decision taken on Monday by fifty prominent Republican national security officials, including a former CIA director, who joined together in declaring they will not vote for Donald Trump as he would be "the most reckless president in American history".
The list of Republican politicians distancing themselves from Trump is long and growing. Time will tell if the same trend applies to voters.