Donald Trump says “every once in a while, I like to be politically incorrect.”
In an interview on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” airing on Tuesday, Trump said, “There’s nothing wrong with” being politically incorrect.
Host Maria Bartiromo asked Trump about his comments from last Saturday when he said, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters” and Trump said that as president he wouldn’t say things like that but it’s different because it’s a campaign. (RELATED: Trump Says That He Could Shoot Somebody And ‘Wouldn’t Lose Any Voters’ [VIDEO])
Due to the large presidential field, Trump said, “I have to be a little bit verbose, I have to. Now, that comment was said with me laughing and the entire audience, thousands of people were laughing.”
Trump argued, “And when you leave the clip, if you left it for another second, you’d hear everyone in the room was laughing. It was said as a joke. Obviously, it’s a joke. And most people do [think it was a joke]. Only dishonest reporters would report it [as] anything as other. That was obviously a joke.”
“But I mean, such a sensitive moment in time in terms of mass shootings being up, crime up in 30 cities, in the double digits, was it inappropriate at this moment in time,” Bartiromo followed up.
“No, it was said as a joke, it was fun. We were all having fun,” Trump insisted. “You know, it’s like we’ve got to lighten up a little bit. And every once in a while, I like to be politically incorrect. There’s nothing wrong with that.”