Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., condemned Donald Trump Tuesday for saying ambiguously that there may be something "Second Amendment people" can do if Hillary Clinton wins the White House and appoints pro-gun control judges.
For Kaine, who was tapped last month as Clinton's running mate, the GOP nominee's remarks are further proof the Republican candidate is unfit for the Oval Office.
"I saw it reported and when I read the quote I really frankly couldn't believe he said it, and so I went to watch the video of it and found that he had said it exactly the way it was printed," the senator told a gaggle of reporters in Texas. "Nobody who is seeking a leadership position, especially the presidency, the leadership of the country, should do anything to countenance violence, and that's what he was saying."
Trump warned supporters at a campaign rally in North Carolina that, if elected president, Clinton would appoint anti-Second Amendment judges.
"Hillary essentially wants to abolish the Second Amendment," Trump told supporters. "By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks."
"Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is," he said, adding, "I don't know."
Kaine concluded by saying Trump's remarks show the businessman is unqualified to be president.
"There is a beautiful phrase from the Gospel of Luke that says: From the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks," Kaine told reporters Tuesday.
"And what comes out often really reveals something important about you who you are, and I think Donald Trump revealed again, in many other statements he [has] revealed the same thing, it reveals sort of a complete temperamental misfit with the character that's required to do the job and in a nation where — we got to be pulling together and countenancing violence is not something any leader should do," he said.
Pressed by reporters to say if he agrees that the Secret Service should investigate Trump, Kaine responded by saying he didn't, "want to go further."
The Trump campaign, for its part, responded to the furor over his remarks by clarifying the candidate meant pro-Second Amendment activists could band together to ensure Clinton loses in November.
"It's called the power of unification — 2nd Amendment people have amazing spirit and are tremendously unified, which gives them great political power. And this year, they will be voting in record numbers, and it wont be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump," the Republican candidate's communications adviser, Jason Miller, said in a statement.
He said later in an interview with NBC News that it was "completely ridiculous" and "absolutely ludicrous" for anyone to interpret trump's remarks as being a call for violence against Clinton.
"It's very clear Mr. Trump is talking about Second Amendment supporters exercising their voting power," he said.