Donald Trump adviser Al Baldasaro recently made some inflammatory remarks that have even embarrassed the presidential Republican candidate. Baldasaro, a New Hampshire state representative and a co-chair of Trump’s veterans coalition, appeared on The Kuhner Report on Boston radio station WRKO on Tuesday, and he had some harsh words for Hillary Clinton.
According to the Boston Globe, Baldasaro called for Clinton’s execution, saying that she should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason” for her handling of the Benghazi terror attack.
“I’m a veteran that went to Desert Shield, Desert Storm. I’m also a father who sent a son to war, to Iraq, as a Marine Corps helicopter avionics technician. Hillary Clinton to me is the Jane Fonda of the Vietnam,” he was quoted as saying. “She is a disgrace for the lies that she told those mothers about their children that got killed over there in Benghazi. She dropped the ball on over 400 emails requesting back up security. Something’s wrong there. This whole thing disgusts me,” Baldasaro said, before adding that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
Speaking with The Daily Beast, Baldasaro followed the above comments with the below statement.
“Anyone that commits treason should be shot,” Baldasaro told the publication. “I believe Hillary Clinton committed treason. She put people in danger. When people take confidential material off a server, you’re sharing information with the enemy. That’s treason.”
Now, however, the campaign of Donald Trump has distanced itself from the statements made by Baldasaro, but the Trump adviser says he stands by his comments “without a doubt.”
“I stand by what I said,” he said, adding that “Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing. I spoke my mind about how I feel.”
Buzzfeed reports that he later called Clinton a “piece of garbage” in the radio interview.
Although the Trump campaign did not immediately respond to Baldasaro’s remarks, Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks released a statement and told NH1 News that “we’re incredibly grateful for his support, but we don’t agree with his comments.”
The Clinton campaign has noted that these statements are the result of the dangerous and violent rhetoric on which Trump has built his campaign.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Secret Service — the agency that oversees the safety of the candidates to the White House — assured that they “are aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”
Secret Service investigating Trump adviser Al Baldasaro who said Hillary Clinton should be 'shot for treason.' https://t.co/eNqwWgtqwD
— ABC News (@ABC) July 20, 2016
Baldasaro reportedly has a history of making controversial remarks, and in June, the Marine veteran went after the media for trying to destroy Trump for the so-called good he was doing for vets. Baldasaro told the media to get their heads out of their butts.
Earlier this year, Donald Trump held a fundraiser for wounded veterans and allegedly raised $6 million. However, most of that money has yet to be distributed and Baldasaro said he couldn’t care less.
“I could ask, but it’s not high on my priority list,” Baldasaro told The Daily Beast. “I don’t track that,” he added. “I’m not concerned about it, because I know [Trump is] an honorable, honest guy… you guys just want to say, ‘gotcha.'”
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign is still reeling from allegations that his wife, Melania Trump, plagiarized part of Michelle Obama’s Democratic speech in 2008. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Meredith McIver, who works for the Trump Organization, has publicly taken responsibility in drafting the speech which Melania Trump has been accused of plagiarizing. In a statement released Wednesday, McIver apologized for using the words of the First Lady. She also confessed that she did not check how both speeches were alike.
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