Speaking to Fox News on Wednesday, Donald Trump blamed the media for misrepresenting his statements to a North Carolina crowd on Tuesday, where he urged his supporters to kill Hillary Clinton.

Media spin

The reality TV star and real estate mogul denied inciting his followers to kill Hillary Clinton, having previously condoned calls to “lock her up.” He suggested he was merely trying to rally their vote in protection of the Second Amendment.

The precise words that the media manipulated were the following: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks” going on to add “although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump’s joke was “inappropriate”; Democratic Senator Elisabeth Warren said Trump is a “pathetic coward” who’s sore because he trails in the polls to a woman.

Less “jokingly” Trump said that if Hillary Clinton were to become the President, she would appoint US Supreme Court judges that would threaten the Second Amendment – the right to bear arms – a statement that was soon met with the full support of the National Rifle Association the former Mayor of New York, Rudi Juliani.

Trump’s support tumbling

20% of all registered Republicans want Donald Trump to drop out of the race for the White House. The poll published on Wednesday suggests 70% want him to run and 10% are unsure.

Across the board 44% of the general electorate would like to see Trump drop out, according to Reuters/Ipsos.

(Reuters, CNN, BBC)