Trump: ‘Obviously’ I Was Joking About Shooting People And Not Losing Votes

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January 26, 2016 11:49 a.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was just joking when he said he could shoot somebody and still not lose votes in the 2016 race.

Trump told a crowd Saturday at a campaign rally in Iowa that it was “incredible” that he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump if he would say such a thing as President.

“As President, I wouldn’t,” Trump said, adding that he has to be “a little bit verbose” because he’s running against so many people for the GOP nomination.

“That comment was said with me laughing and thousands of other people laughing. It was said as a joke — obviously it was a joke,” Trump said.

Even though the Fox Business host noted that there have been several mass shootings recently, Trump said he thought the comment was appropriate.

“We were all having fun. And every once in a while I like to be a little bit politically incorrect,” he continued. “There’s nothing wrong with that.”

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