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Leaked Audio Shows Republican Senator Joking About Hillary Clinton Being Shot

As if the presidential election couldn’t get any worse, Senator Richard Burr has been caught joking about Hillary Clinton being shot. 

According to Vox, the secretly record audio, now on YouTube in full, shows Burr joking that when he saw a picture of Hillary Clinton recently on the cover of the “National Rifle Association’s magazine American Rifleman”, he was “shocked” that the cover didn’t have a “bullseye on it.” 

CNN’s Manu Raju recovered the audio tape and reports that the North Carolina Republican, recalled when he walked into a gun shop and “nothing made me feel better” than seeing a publication about guns “with a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it.”

Here are his comments in full:

“Nothin’ made me feel any better than — I walked into a gun shop I think yesterday in Oxford. I think there was a copy of Rifleman on the counter. It’s got a picture of Hillary Clinton on the front of it. I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bullseye on it. [laughter] But at the bottom right, it had everybody in federal office in this particular state that they should vote for. So let me assure you, there’s an army of support out there right now for our candidates.”

Although extremely distasteful, these are not the first comments to be made about Clinton being the victim of gun violence. Back in August Donald Trump made a comment at a rally saying that “Second Amendment people” could be the ones to stop Clinton from appointing new judges.

Unlike Trump, Burr has responded to the backlash and has issued an apology to CNN stating, “The comment I made was inappropriate, and I apologize for it.” 

While we appreciate the apology, Senator, your words are not okay, especially this close to election day. 

Isabel is a currently the Evening & Weekend Editor at Her Campus and a student at New York University in the Global Liberal Studies program with a concentration in Contemporary Culture and Creative Production. When she is not watching Gilmore Girls or playing with puppies at the local pet store, she spends her time freelancing for numerous publications about celebrities and life. You can find her work on the websites of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Seventeen, Elle, and Buzzfeed. Follow her on Instagram at @isabelcalkins.