Iain Dale is Leading Britain's Conversation.
10 August 2016, 11:37
James O'Brien Takes Aim At Donald Trump's Gun Comment
Donald Trump, a presidential candidate, just called for his rival to be shot. James O'Brien asks how politics got here.
Donald Trump has seemingly called for Hillary Clinton to be shot. How did we get to this, asks an incredulous James O'Brien.
After remarking at a rally that "maybe there is a way" pro-gun activists could put a stop to Hillary Clinton, Trump has come in for huge criticism over what's been perceived as a death threat.
James despaired at how we got to this point in a thought-provoking opener to his show today.
"All the reasons that we hold dear when we march into other countries to deliver our peculiar brand of democracy are being a made a mockery of - by this man," said the LBC presenter
"Any argument whatsoever that we have a moral or political superiority to countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia go out of the window when a man calls publicly for a rival to be shot.
"Yet in this country there'll be people who cheer him, because he has finally given a voice to their rancid, irrational hatreds which if you took them away they'd have absolutely nothing left.
"I couldn't begin to explain to you how we've arrived in a place where a presidential candidate can call for a rival to be shot and I just sit here thinking: that's a good topic for a conversation.
"Cor blimey. Sometimes you just have to stop and wonder what's going on."
"This is actually real. This is a man standing up in front of a cheering crowd...saying she doesn't like guns, we do like guns. Maybe there's something we could do about this.