Donald Trump unveiled a new visual campaign theme in Miami on Friday – a mashup of the Broadway musical 'Les Misérables' and an epithet Hillary Clinton leveled at his supporters one week ago.
He took the stage, introduced by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as the 'Les Mis' anthem 'Do You Hear the People Sing' blasted through loudspeakers.
The video screen behind the podium flashed to an artistic rendering of 'Les Deplorables,' complete with USA and 'Trump' flags replacing the French colors, and a bald eagle soaring over the revolutionary scene.
'Welcome to all of you deplorables!' Trump boomed as thousands screamed 'Trump! Trump! Trump!' and 'We love you!'
The Presidential candidate then went on to revive an old campaign controversy by implying his opponent make good on her strict gun control position.
He sarcastically called for Clinton's Secret Service agents to drop their weapons, 'and let's see what happens to her.'
'I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm, right?' Trump said. 'Take their guns away, she doesn't want guns. Take their - and let's see what happens to her. Take their guns away. OK, it would be very dangerous.'
Trump has previously come under fire for such comments with many saying it is tantamount to advocating violence against his White House foe.
A campaign spokeswoman refused to elaborate on what Trump meant, and whether he was suggesting Clinton would be attacked were it not for her armed entourage.
He came under fire for an equally ominous statement last month, in which his detractors claimed he was calling for Clinton to be assassinated.
in North Carolina, the Republican nominee said his opponent wants to 'abolish, essentially, the Second Amendment'.
He continued: 'By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.'
Within minutes, the Clinton campaign condemned the remark with her campaign manager Robby Mook saying: 'A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.'
His campaign insisted he was talking about peaceful political lobbying by Second Amendment supporters.
Last week Clinton said 'half' of Trump voters belonged in 'the basket of deplorables' as 'racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic [and] Islamaphobic' Republicans.
'Some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America,' Clinton said.
His supporters have embraced the Clinton label and worn it as a badge of honor, and in the space of just a few days Trump rally-goers have already begun to sport 'I am deplorable' t-shirts and signs.
My opponent slanders you as 'deplorable' and 'irredeemable' – boy that second word is tough,' he said Friday night.
'You don't hear that much. It means you can never come back.'
'I call you hard-working American patriots who love your family,' he continued, 'and really, really, really love your country.'
The man who created the artwork he used Friday, an artist known online as 'Keln,' was banned from using Reddit on Saturday, shortly after posting the image there.
His first posted it to a right-wing blog called 'The Conservative Treehouse.'
'I made the Les Deplorables meme on @Reddit last Saturday,' he would later write on Twitter. 'Been banned ever since. They won't respond to tell me why.'
He wrote on his blog, NukingPolitics.com, that he suspected Reddit had an anti-Trump bias.
"Apparently Reddit is even more sensitive than Twitter or Google or Facebook when it comes to anything that does not align to their political thinking,' he wrote.
'This is digital book burning people. It is time to avoid these companies. Make them suffer and turn their overpriced stocks into napkins. They have no business doing business.'
Just before the Trump rally began, his Reddit account was reinstated.
He was pleased the Trump campaign used his artwork.
'Thank you @realDonaldTrump for using my meme to stick it to Hillary and her ilk. #MAGA We are just gonna keep winning,' he tweeted.
'I made it, I am glad He used it,' he added, insisting the Trump campaign had a right to turn his work into a campaign backdrop.