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Donald Trump’s national spokeswoman has defended her decision to wear a necklace made of bullets on television.
The ammunition was real, Katrina Pierson said. But her later suggestion that she might wear a foetus to make a point about abortion – that was not to be taken literally, she assured.
Ms Pierson wore the arresting jewellery during a CNN interview on Tuesday, US time.
Afterward, CNN host Jim Sciutto asked Ms Pierson on Twitter if there was a message behind the necklace.
“Made in #Texas! Real ammo. #2A Support your local small business owners! #Trump2016” she responded. Made in #Texas! Real ammo. #2A Support your local small business owners! #Trump2016https://t.co/6T4zYWDqeR— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) December 29, 2015
Mr Trump is staunchly against gun control. He said the Paris massacres would have been “much, much different” if Parisian citizens had been allowed to carry guns.
Ms Pierson faced often-sarcastic criticism of her jewellery.
“Surely @KatrinaPierson wore bullet necklace on #CNN to bring attention to 90 Americans fatally shot daily #gunsense,” one Twitter user, Shannon Watts, wrote.
In response, Ms Pierson mused: “Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time& bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never [sic] ger to be on Twitter.” Maybe I’ll wear a fetus next time& bring awareness to 50 million aborted people that will never ger to be on Twitter https://t.co/UTomoyYXLK— Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) December 30, 2015
Another Twitter user said that might not be practical.
“Of course it will be interpreted literally,” lamented Ms Pierson, whose boss has suggested building a wall the length of the US-Mexico border to keep out illegal immigrants.
She put the criticism down to her being a woman.
“The liberals freaking out about my accessories are sexist. They only approve of women in pant suits and jackets. Oh, and tampon earrings.”
In 2013, an MSNBC host wore tampon earrings to protest against a law in Texas banning abortions after five months.
Mr Trump was labelled a sexist this week after referring to his political opponent Hillary Clinton being “schlonged” in the 2008 presidential race.
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