Matt Stadlen is Leading Britain's Conversation
10 August 2016, 11:37
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.