The media reported that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was investigated by the Secret Service for his asinine comments about the Second Amendment. The media were wrong.
Trump set off a firestorm earlier in the week when he made the following comments about his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said. "By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know. But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we're tied."
This caused many people to think that Trump was advocating for violence against Clinton, even though it was clearly a stupid joke.
Adding fuel to the fire was a report from CNN that the Secret Service had talked to the Trump campaign about his Second Amendment joke, as they quoted an anonymous Secret Service official who said there was "more than one conversation" on the issue. Trump denied that this meeting took place, and it turns out he was right.
Reuters spoke to an unnamed official in the federal government who said that "there had been no formal conversations between the Secret Service and the Trump campaign."
Naturally, Trump pounced on this report on Twitter:
Reuters just announced that Secret Service never spoke to me or my campaign. Made up story by @CNN is a hoax. Totally dishonest.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2016
As stupid of a comment as it was, it should have been obvious that it was not worthy of the Secret Service's attention. CNN's inaccurate report about will only embolden Trump, given his penchant for complaining about how he's been treated by the media.