Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUnder pressure, Trump shifts blame for Russia intrusion Overnight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand MORE said Tuesday while he doesn't believe Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE meant to suggest Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWoman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Trump: CNN, MSNBC 'got scammed' into covering Russian-organized rally Pennsylvania Democrats set to win big with new district map MORE could be shot, he agrees it isn't a joking matter. "I don't believe this is a serious statement of any kind that should impact this election," he told CNN on Tuesday evening. 

"I think he should continue to talk about what I think he clearly meant, which was that the Second Amendment is under grave threat from Hillary Clinton's [appointments] to the Supreme Court," Sessions added. "There's no doubt about that." 

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Sessions said that "you absolutely shouldn't joke about" harming another political candidate.
 
"You should not in any way suggest that violence could be used in this political system. That's contrary to everything we believe in," he told CNN. 
 
His comments came after Trump appeared to joke about the possibility that Clinton could be shot in remarks at a campaign rally Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C.
 
Trump quickly earned backlash from the Clinton campaign and top Democrats after he said that "Second Amendment people" could stop Clinton.
 
Asked if Trump's remarks were "awkwardly phrased," Sessions added that they might have been, "but he talks aggressively to the people and I think that's healthy instead of hiding like Hilary Clinton does." 
 
Sessions is one of Trump's staunchest allies in the Senate, and was speculated as a potential vice presidential pick earlier this year.