- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Actor Jon Voight says Donald Trump’s remark about Second Amendment supporters taking action against Hillary Clinton is being “blown way out of proportion” by the media.

“People are trying to make him look foolish. He’s a terrific guy,” Mr. Voight, 77, told TMZ outside a restaurant Tuesday in Beverly Hills. “I know him personally. He’s got a good sense of humor. He’s off-the-cuff. He’s a lot of fun.” 

“All these things are being blown way out of proportion,” he said. “He’s fooling around just like you sometimes fool around if you have a sense of humor.”

Politicians and pundits have accused Mr. Trump of threatening violence against Mrs. Clinton after impromptu comments made Tuesday during a campaign stop in North Carolina.

“Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment,” Mr. Trump said. “By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Mr. Trump later slammed the “dishonest media” for spinning his words and insisted he was referring to the power that Second Amendment supporters hold.

During his interview, Mr. Voight admonished the TMZ interviewer for claiming Mr. Trump joked about “assassinating a presidential candidate.”

“He didn’t say that word,” Mr. Voight said. “Don’t do that! Don’t distort what he said.”

“You can be in a lot of trouble if people want to distort your words. That’s what he goes through. All the time, every time,” he added. “He’s being attacked continuously. They’re taking apart everything he does. He made a wonderful speech yesterday. Everybody should sit down and listen to that speech, because it’s full of substance and it tells you what the problems are and it tells you how to answer those problems.”

The interviewer, “playing devil’s advocate,” then asked Mr. Voight: “Do you think it’s dog-whistle politics to say Second Amendment people might know how to —”

“I don’t know where you get these words,” the actor interjected.

“But you’re on the other side,” he laughed. “Now put that thing [the camera] down and let’s get down to fisticuffs.”

A U.S. Secret Service official confirmed Wednesday afternoon to CNN that the agency has spoken to the Trump campaign regarding his comments about Mrs. Clinton.

“There has been more than one conversation” on the topic, the official said.

The campaign told the Secret Service that Mr. Trump did not intend to incite violence, CNN reported.

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