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Trump: I was just having fun when I joked about shooting people

Don't worry, Donald Trump says he was "obviously" just joking when he told a crowd at an Iowa rally Saturday that he could "stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose any voters."

"That comment was said with me laughing and thousands of other people laughing," Trump said Tuesday in an interview with Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo. "It was said as a joke — obviously it was a joke."

Besides, the Republican presidential candidate continued, even in light of the recent spate of mass shootings, there's nothing wrong with "having fun." "And every once in a while I like to be a little politically incorrect," Trump said. "There's nothing wrong with that."

If he were to be president, though, Trump says he'd lay off comments like these. It's just that he needs to be a "little verbose" in the primary because he's running against so many other candidates for the nomination.