I was all set up to write a diverting little post about what Donald Trump would say in response to interview questions about various fictional crises, imagining Trump bluffing his way through a conversation on the Sokovia Accords or the crisis in Corto Maltese.
Unfortunately, this is not the week to write that post, not after Trump's Second Amendment "joke."
The Trump campaign is trying to spin this every which way they can. Claims that his remark about Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was just a "joke" don't really hold water in the sense that jokes still mean something, particularly in presidential campaigns. Furthermore, the statement was serious enough for the Secret Service to have a conversation with the campaign about this kind of rhetoric. The fact that Trump won't apologize for a joke gone bad is indicative of the many other dangerous statements that he never walks back.
Politico's Michael Crowley notes the obvious concerns: