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A Humor Theorist Explains Donald Trump’s Comment About the Second Amendment

You’re never “just joking.” Nobody is.

By Lisa Wade


Donald Trump at a rally at Erie Insurance Arena on August 12, 2016. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Last week, Donald Trump appeared to suggest that defenders of the Second Amendment should assassinate Hillary Clinton if she is elected. Or maybe any judges she appoints to the Supreme Court. It wasn’t very clear.

Supporters rushed to his defense, suggesting he was joking. Here’s what a humor scholar, Jason P. Steed, had to say about that on Twitter:

You can follow Jason P. Steed on Twitter here.



This story originally appeared on Sociological Images, a Pacific Standard partner site, as “Humor Theorist Explains Trump’s ‘Joke’ About Killing Hillary Clinton.”