LOUISVILLE, Ky. — National Rifle Association at its annual convention had Donald J. Trump as a guest speaker ... and speak he did. The speech was filled with red meat for conservatives, The Donald denounced the Obama administration on several counts and struck some of his favorite themes, including his promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico and to tighten immigration laws.
Mr. Trump also unveiled a new moniker for Mrs. Clinton — “heartless Hillary” — and said that her policies on guns and criminal justice would make women, in particular, less safe. He said her agenda was “to release the violent criminals from jail.”
“She wants them all released,” Trump said. “She wants people released that you wouldn’t want to walk on the street with, you wouldn’t want to look at.”
Trump calling Mrs. Clinton and her husband “heartless hypocrites” who wanted to deny people their guns, he also challenged them to “let their bodyguards immediately disarm,” an apparent reference to their Secret Service protection.
“Let’s see how good they do,” Mr. Trump said. “Let’s see how they feel walking around without their guns and their bodyguards. In the meantime, nobody else can have the guns, right?”
Since announcing his presidential bid, Mr. Trump — who himself has a concealed carry permit and whose two oldest sons are avid hunters — has fashioned himself a fierce advocate of gun rights. He released a policy paper on the Second Amendment, called for making concealed carry permits valid in all 50 states, and routinely tells his audiences, as he did again here on Friday, that terrorist attacks, like those in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., might be prevented if more people were armed.