U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Wednesday he was “surprised” by Donald Trump’s controversial remarks at a Wilmington rally, the second time this month the Republican senator has distanced himself from comments by the GOP presidential nominee.
“Like most Americans, I was surprised by the statement,” Burr said in a release. “I think Donald Trump could better serve the Republican Party by spending more time talking about the foreign policy failures under President Obama and Hillary Clinton.”
Trump’s remarks came during a Tuesday appearance in Wilmington, as he spoke about the prospect of Clinton being able to appoint Supreme Court justices.
“If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said, adding, “Although the Second Amendment people – maybe there is, I don’t know.”
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Some Democrats took it as an incitement to violence. Burr’s Democratic opponent, Deborah Ross, called Trump’s comments “dangerous,” making him “unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”
This week Burr reiterated his support for Trump.
“I know Hillary Clinton, and I know Hillary Clinton will be a disaster for my children and grandchildren, so let’s make no mistake, I am fully supportive of Donald Trump because I know what she will do,” he told a reporter in Greenville.
Last week, Burr distanced himself from Trump’s criticisms of Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the Pakistani-born parents of Army Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004.
“There’s no place in America for this,” Burr told a TV station. “We need to thank those who commit the ultimate sacrifice, those who put on the uniform and defend this country and our ability to have elections, but I don’t think there will be anybody out there defending the statement that was made.”
The Senate race has been rated a toss-up by Real Clear Politics.
Asked whether Gov. Pat McCrory addressed Trump’s remark, spokesman Ricky Diaz said the governor did so to reporters at an event in the Triangle. But he did not respond to requests about what he said. McCrory attended Trump’s rally.