WASHINGTON: White House hopeful Donald Trump, already deserted by some fellow Republicans, came under sharp scrutiny on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) over controversial comments that some people interpreted as a threat of violence against his rival Hillary Clinton. Trump’s intended message was not immediately clear, but lawmakers, former national security officials and other critics expressed concern that he had advocated, possibly in jest, that Clinton or her Supreme Court nominees could be shot. “Hillary wants to essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump told a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, referring to the US Constitution’s clause that enshrines the right to bear arms. “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said. “Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” Trump earlier appeared more focused on delivering his typical campaign stump speech about Clinton, telling supporters she would represent four more years of President Barack Obama, “but maybe worse,” and sparring with her over policy.