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Donald Trump campaign clarifies Trump Jr's gas chamber comment

Donald Trump Jr. arrives before the start of the second day of the Republican National Convention on July 19, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Donald Trump Jr. on Friday said that he used a “poor choice of words” when he said that the media would be “warming up the gas chamber” if the GOP acted like Hillary Clinton.

“It was a poor choice of words, but perhaps, but in no way, shape or form was I remotely talking about the Holocaust. I wouldn’t do it. I think that’s disgusting,” the GOP presidential nominee’s son said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Trump Jr. added that the firestorm over his comments confirms there is a media bias against him. He made the original remark in an interview with 120 WPHT radio in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and it went viral Thursday.

“The media has been her number one surrogate in this,” he said in the interview. “Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every in-discrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.”

Nazi Germany used gas chambers during the Holocaust to kill millions of Jews and others, and are now often used in Holocaust references.

But Trump spokesman Jason Miller said in an email to Reuters Thursday afternoon that Trump Jr. was trying to point out media bias.

“Don Jr. was clearly referring to capital punishment to make the case that the media continues to take words out of context in order to serve as the propaganda arm of the Hillary Clinton campaign,” he said, according to Reuters.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.