Trump responds to controversy over 2nd Amendment comments: 'Give me a break'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is speaking out about the controversial comments he made about "Second Amendment people" stopping Hillary Clinton.

During a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Tuesday, Trump said Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment – a claim that has been debunked by PolitiFact and FactCheck.org. He added, "By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."

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Critics claimed that Trump was encouraging violence and even an assassination attempt on Clinton.

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Trump dismissed the accusations Tuesday evening in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, who said Trump's remarks were "obviously" about people voting to "stop Hillary from having this impact on the court."

"Nobody in that room thought anything other than what you just said," Trump told Hannity. "This is a strong, powerful movement, the Second Amendment. Hillary wants to take your guns away. She wants to leave you unprotected in your home. This is a tremendous political movement. The NRA, as you know, endorsed me, they're terrific people. Wayne (LaPierre) and Chris (Cox) and all the people over there and they tweeted out, basically they agree 100 percent with what I said."

Trump added, "There can be no other interpretation. Even reporters have told me. I mean, give me a break.”

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The GOP nominee also took to Twitter to defend his comments, blaming the media for the controversy.

"Media desperate to distract from Clinton's anti-2A stance," he wrote. "I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!"