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Trump Supporter: Don't Joke About Shooting Hillary in Public

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 04:18 PM

Darrell Vickers, the man seen reacting to Donald Trump's comment about "Second Amendment people" stopping Hillary Clinton, told CNN on Wednesday he took Trump's comments as a joke, but said he shouldn't have said such a thing in public.

"Down here in the South, we don't curse in front of women, we don't drink liquor in front of the preacher, and we don't make jokes like that in public," Vickers told CNN's Brooke Baldwin on "CNN Newsroom."

"Now, we may do things in private," Vickers, of Oak Island, N.C. said. "We may go to the shed and drink some moonshine or something like that. But we would have taken Mr. Trump to the shed and said, 'Don't say things like that because people will misconstrue it.'"

Vickers said it was clear in his mind and to the people around him that Trump was trying to make a joke, but he said that he also knew that some people in the press would "screw that up and distort it."

Vickers, seated in the crowd behind Trump during the appearance Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C., can be seen mouthing "Ow!" and "Woah!" to a woman seated next to him before breaking into a laugh after Trump warned the crowd that Clinton wants to take away gun rights by eliminating the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

 

 

"By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks," Trump said, adding, "Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

Trump was immediately assailed by critics, saying he was joking about the assassination of his general election opponent for the White House.

Trump insisted that was not true, telling Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity later that day that he meant only that Second Amendment supporters would band together to defeat Clinton at the ballot box.

"Nobody in that room" thought otherwise, Trump told Hannity.

But Vickers told CNN that though "it was clearly a joke," it was also clear he was not talking about voting.

The Secret Service, which is providing protection to Trump as the GOP nominee, has talked to his campaign about the remarks, CNN reported Wednesday.

Whatever Vickers' feelings about Trump's comments, he told CNN he was won over by Trump at Tuesday's rally.

He went to the rally undecided, but decided during the rally he would vote for the GOP nominee.

"I listened to him for over an hour," he said. "Twenty-three seconds of that caused my mouth to drop, obviously. But I did listen to him for over an hour. I'm convinced that he's very intelligent, he's very astute as a businessman. … I believe he has the kind of integrity that we need in this country. He's honest, and I am convinced he has the moral fiber to lead this country."

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Darrell Vickers, the man seen reacting to Donald Trump's comment about "Second Amendment people" stopping Hillary Clinton, told CNN on Wednesday he took Trump's comments as a joke, but said he shouldn't have said such a thing in public.
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