Man Who Gasped at Trump's Second Amendment Comments Denies He Was Upset: 'It Was a Joke'
The man who was caught gasping when Donald Trump suggested that “Second Amendment people” could stop Hillary Clinton from taking their guns is speaking out.
Darrell Vickers, 68, was seated behind the billionaire as he made the controversial comments during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina on Tuesday.
“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment," Trump said. "By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know."
Cameras captured Vickers' shock.
Guy behind Trump immediately realized what he said was a problem. https://t.co/F3mSP9GLqt— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) August 9, 2016
Speaking to Inside Edition on Wednesday, Vickers, a proud Republican, said he had turned to his friend, Connie, after the remarks and told her: “I can’t believe he said that. The media is going to have a field day with this.”
But he believes Trump wasn't being serious.
"The comment was a joke, intended as a joke," he said, but added: "In this day and age you have to be careful with what you say."
The retired engineer said Trump made many great points during his speech but the Second Amendment comments are what people will remember.
“I wish he would not talk so much,” Vickers told Inside Edition. “I wish he would stick to the script.”
Despite the remark, Vickers still plans on voting for the real estate mogul.
“Mr. Trump is very smart. Sometimes he says more than what needs to be said,” Vickers explained.
Appearing on Fox News later Tuesday, Trump told Sean Hannity that he had only called for Second Amendment supporters to take political action.
"There can be no other interpretation," he said. "I mean, give me a break."
Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook, released a statement Tuesday about Trump’s comments: "This is simple – what Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way.”