Pence Shields Trump, Attacks Media Over Trump’s 2nd Amendment Comments

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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence defended Republican nominee Donald Trump’s statements about the Second Amendment Tuesday.

“It seems like every single day the national press latches on to some other issue about my running mate, just each and every day of the week,” Pence told supporters at the rally.

“You’re not even going to believe this — yesterday at a rally outside of Orlando, Florida, the father of the very radical Islamic terrorist who murdered 49 Americans attended a rally, was on television through most of the rally sitting behind Hillary Clinton. And he said he was there because he supports Hillary Clinton because she’s, quote, ‘good on national security.’”

Trump discussed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s ability to make Supreme Court appointments at a rally Tuesday. “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment.”

“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” Trump added. “Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Trump faced backlash from media outlets that interpreted the statement as calling for violence against a candidate for the presidency.

“Hillary Clinton’s made it very clear that she wants to see changes in the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms,” Pence told the local NBC affiliate after Trump’s statements, according to Politico.

“[What] Donald Trump is clearly saying is that people who cherish that right, people who believe that firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens make our communities more safe not less safe, should be involved in the political process and let their voice be heard.”

Pence’s role in the campaign to date has been one of a clean-up artist. Last week, an 11-year-old boy asked Pence if that role would continue into the office if the pair were elected in November.

“I’ve been watching the news lately and I’ve been noticing that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words,” the boy asked Pence. “Is this going to be your role in the administration?”

Pence responded that a “difference in style” wasn’t a “difference in conviction.”

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