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New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro, shown introducing Donald Trump at a rally in May, repeated Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should be shot by a firing squad, but denied that he advocated her assassination. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)
New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro, shown introducing Donald Trump at a rally in May, repeated Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should be shot by a firing squad, but denied that he advocated her assassination. (Richard Drew / Associated Press)

A New Hampshire state representative and advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign doubled down Tuesday on his incendiary calls last month that Hillary Clinton should be executed for treason.

But Al Baldasaro, who co-chairs Trump's national veterans coalition, blamed the "liberal media," a frequent target of the Trump campaign, for misrepresenting his language.

"The liberal media took what I said and went against the law and the Constitution and ran with it, and they said that I wanted her assassinated, which I never did," Baldasaro said in an interview with the Republican/MassLive.com. 

"I said I spoke as a veteran, and she should be shot in a firing squad for treason," he added.

Reports published at the time quoted Baldasaro as saying Clinton should be shot by firing squad for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, not that she should be assassinated.

Numerous media outlets questioned whether Trump's subsequent call for gun owners to take action if Clinton is elected and appoints liberal judges was a veiled call for violence, but Trump later denied that.

Baldasaro said that he stood by his call for a firing squad despite blowback from the Clinton campaign and a Trump campaign statement saying the Republican nominee did not agree with him.

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