Paul Ryan: Trump's comments about gun owners stopping Clinton was 'a joke gone bad'

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Paul Ryan: Trump's Gun Remarks a 'Joke Gone Bad'

House Speaker Paul Ryan dismissed Donald Trump's suggestion that gun owners could stop Hillary Clinton from picking Supreme Court justices, saying Trump's comments sounded like "a joke gone bad."

At a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday, Trump was discussing what he perceives as Clinton's threat to the Second Amendment when he seemed to suggest gun owners could take matters into their own hands.

"If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is. I don't know," Trump said.

Ryan, speaking to the press after his Tuesday Wisconsin primary win, said he hadn't heard the Republican nominee's remarks, claiming he "only heard about those comments."

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"I've been a little busy today. I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like just a joke gone bad," Ryan said. "I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that."

Prominent Democrats were quick to denounce Trump's comments as an assassination threat, although Trump and his surrogates insisted he was referring to "a political movement" and not violent action.

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