House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Tuesday night said Donald Trump’s comment about “Second Amendment people” and Hillary Clinton sounded like “a joke gone bad,” though the Speaker admitted he did not hear Trump’s full remarks.
“I’ve been a little busy today. I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that,” Ryan said at a press conference after winning his Republican primary. “I didn’t actually hear the comments, I only heard about those comments.”
During a rally on Tuesday afternoon, Trump suggested that gun owners could take out Clinton if she is elected president.
“If she gets to pick her judges,” he said, “nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.”
Following his comments at the rally, the Trump campaign insisted that the Republican nominee meant that supporters of the Second Amendment should use their political power to keep Clinton from winning office.
“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 won’t be for Hillary Clinton, it will be for Donald Trump,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in a Tuesday statement.