Brad Schneider, the Democratic candidate for Illinois' 10th congressional district, is blasting his Republican opponent Bob Dold for his "tepid" response to Donald Trump's Second Amendment comment.
During a campaign event Tuesday, Trump said: "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."
Although the Trump camp says the comment was not meant to incite violence against Clinton or anyone else, critics say the rhetoric is precariously threatening and inflammatory.
Dold, who is not supporting Trump in the presidential election, commented on the controversy Wednesday at an unrelated event after a reporter asked him about the issue.
"Obviously that's asking people to incite violence," Dold said. "Obviously, it is something that's really dangerous and can't be tolerated."
The Schneider campaign says the incumbent's comments are "too little, too late."
"Bob Dold let Donald Trump's dangerous incitement of violence sit for a full day, only commenting timidly after being forced to respond by media questioning. That's not leadership - it's cowardice. Dold should have immediately stood up and denounced the nominee of his party's incendiary rhetoric at the start," said Schneider for Congress campaign manager Magen Ryan.
Schneider's camp goes on to argue that Dold has a pattern of failing to "address the extreme policies of his party or the offensive statements of his party's presidential candidate." The Democrat noted that Dold has also kept mum on the following issues: