West Virginia lawmaker says Clinton comments were hyperbole

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia Republican lawmaker says comments he made on Twitter calling for Democrat Hillary Clinton’s public execution weren’t meant to be taken literally.

House of Delegates member Mike Folk said Sunday in a telephone interview that his tweet Friday over Clinton’s use of a private email system while she served as secretary of state was “hyperbole”.

In the tweet, Folk said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee “should be tried for treason, murder, and crimes against the US Constitution… then hung on the Mall in Washington, DC.”

Folk said Sunday he wants Clinton to go on trial, but he doesn’t want her executed.

The state Democratic Party has called for his resignation. Folk says he won’t resign.

The lawmaker says he’s received his own death threats over the comments.

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