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Spokeswoman Says Trump’s Comment About Putting Hillary Clinton in Jail ‘Was a Quip’

In one of last night’s more dramatic town hall moments, GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump told Hillary Clinton that if he was elected president, he would attempt to send Hillary Clinton to jail. He said,

I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say it, and I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation. There has never been so many lies, so much deception, there has never been anything like it, and we’re gonna have a special prosecutor.

The comment came during a contentious exchange, which was followed by Clinton saying, “It’s just awfully good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” Trump responded, “Because you’d be in jail.”

This morning, Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway seemed to walk that back. She was asked directly by MSNBC, “Does he stand by that this morning, that Hillary Clinton would be jail if he were president?”

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She said, “That was a quip. And I saw in NBC’s own reporting, it was referred to as a ‘quip,’ so I’ll go with NBC on it.” Though it does seem a little unclear as to what she actually meant. She said that her boss was “channeling the frustration he hears from thousands of voters out on the stump every day.” She later refused to say that the “quip” was a joke. You can see the clip here.

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