Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE's spokeswoman said Tuesday that the GOP nominee was pushing gun rights supporters to vote against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE, defending Trump's earlier comments about the possibility of gun owners taking action against the Democratic nominee.


“He was talking about Hillary Clinton and gun control, essentially, which is something that has been talked about a lot on the campaign trail,” Katrina Pierson said Tuesday on CNN.

“Hillary Clinton is a gun-grabber and everyone knows that if she’s in a position to appoint Supreme Court justices, she will do everything she can to remove the Second Amendment, so Mr. Trump was clearly pointing that out — as he does every day on the campaign trail.”

Pierson added that "unification is key," echoing an earlier statement from top Trump aide Jason Miller.

“There are a lot of Americans in this country who support the Second Amendment. There are millions of members of the NRA and the NRA endorsed Mr. Trump earlier than anyone in history," she said.

"So this is very important in November, if you care about your Second Amendment rights, to get out there and vote.”

During a rally Tuesday in North Carolina, Trump was talking about the possibility that Clinton would be able to appoint liberal justices to the Supreme Court if she were to win the White House.

“Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Trump said.

“By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” he added. “Though the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know.”

He faced immediate criticism from Democrats and some Republicans, who said political rhetoric should not include even veiled threats of violence. 

On CNN, Jake Tapper pushed back against Pierson's defense of the Trump's comments.

He said the Republican nominee was talking about what Second Amendment activists could do if Clinton won the presidency to keep her from appointing Supreme Court justices in support of gun control.

“He was saying what could happen, as you just said, what could happen,” Pierson said.

“He doesn’t want that to happen,” Pierson continued. “And in order to stop that, people that support their Second Amendment rights need to come together and get out there and stop Hillary Clinton from winning in November.”