Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHouse Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe McCabe's counsel presses US attorney on whether grand jury decided not to indict US attorney recommends moving forward with charges against McCabe after DOJ rejects his appeal MORE said Tuesday while he doesn't believe Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE meant to suggest Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz: 'Too many politicians are being subject to criminal prosecution' The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Democrats spar over electoral appeal of 'Medicare for All' 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.