Kennedy family: Trump's 'Second Amendment' comments disqualifying
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Members of the Kennedy family on Thursday rebuked Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE, accusing him of joking about "the possibility of political assassination."

Trump earlier this week said that "Second Amendment folks" could take action to stop Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE from appointing liberal justices to the Supreme Court, sparking immediate backlash. 

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In a Washington Post op-ed, William Kennedy Smith and Jean Kennedy Smith — the nephew and sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who were both assassinated — said Trump's comments disqualify him from holding office. 

"It was with a real sense of sadness and revulsion that we listened to Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, as he referred to the options available to 'Second Amendment people,' a remark widely, and we believe correctly, interpreted as a thinly veiled reference or 'joke' about the possibility of political assassination," the Kennedys wrote. 

"Anyone who loves politics, the open competition of ideas and public participation in a free society, knows that political violence is the greatest of all civic sins. It is not to be encouraged. It is not funny. It is not a joke."

The Kennedys called Trump's comments the latest in a pattern of "dark and offensive rhetoric" in his campaign. 

"Trump’s remarks frequently, if not inevitably, spark outrage, which is followed by a clarification that, in lieu of an apology, seeks to attribute the dark undertones of his words to the listener’s twisted psyche. This fools no one," they wrote. 

"The truth remains that words do matter, especially when it comes to presidential candidates. On that basis alone, Donald Trump is not qualified to be president of the United States."

At a rally Tuesday in North Carolina, Trump was speaking about the possibility that Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, could appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court.

"By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks," he said. "Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know." 

The Clinton campaign called his remarks "dangerous" and said a person running for president "should not suggest violence in any way." 

Trump's campaign has downplayed the controversy, blaming it on the media and the Clinton campaign spinning his remarks.