Take your pick! There's one to suit every taste and lifestyle:
1. Deny I was ever in North Carolina. Trump took his usual direct approach, insisting that he had not said what the entire world could see him on video saying. He tweeted the next day, "I said pro-2A citizens must organize and get out vote to save our Constitution!" But — believe it or not — that was not what he said, which unmistakably referred to what might happen if Hillary was elected:
Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish, the Second Amendment. By the way, and if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But — but I'll tell you what, that will be a horrible day.
2. It was a joke — OK, a very, very bad joke. Speaker Paul Ryan:
I heard about this Second Amendment quote. It sounds like just a joke gone bad. I hope he clears it up very quickly. You should never joke about something like that.
3. How about this: Blame the media! VP candidate Mike Pence:
It seems like every single day the national press latches on to some other issue about my running mate, just each and every day of the week.
4. Don't worry, he's not evil . . . he's just incomprehensible. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, one of the first GOP officials to endorse Trump:
You're treating Mr. Trump's words like he is the most articulate person who's ever graced our ears with his words, and that is not true. He is not a politician. He is not a person like you who's very articulate, very well spoken. He's a business person who’s running for president. So I don't think the way he said that, and the sequence of his statements, I'm not going to judge him on that, because I don't think that's what he meant. And I think he can be inarticulate at times.