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CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto asked Donald Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson all about her candidate's recent criticism of former president Bill Clinton and his history with women during an interview Tuesday afternoon. But almost as soon as he got off the air, after filling in for Jake Tapper as host of "The Lead," Sciutto had one more question for Pierson: "What's up with that necklace you were wearing?"

Indeed, Pierson appeared to be sporting a string of bullets (or bullet-shaped jewelry) around her neck during the interview.

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She responded to Sciutto by saying it was a show of support for small businesses, presumably gun dealers.

Sciutto didn't ask Pierson about her Second Amendment fashion statement during her appearance on "The Lead," but viewers picked up on it immediately and shared mixed feelings on Twitter.

The negative responses didn't sit well with Pierson, who hours later fired back at a sarcastic remark by Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control advocacy group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

It's rather unusual for a journalist (a serious male journalist, anyway) to ask about or comment on a woman's attire — for obvious reasons that I addressed recently when I wrote about the media's fascination with Speaker Paul Ryan's beard. It's extremely difficult to do so without appearing sexist, and it's more than a little ironic that Sciutto's query to Pierson followed an interview that focused on sexism. Trump, often accused of sexism during his campaign for the White House, has suggested lately that Bill Clinton is sexist and that wife Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner candidate, is no great champion of women because she has stood by her husband through each episode.

In this case, however, Sciutto's inquiry seems fair, since the nature of his question is about an apparent political statement made through the necklace, as opposed to some shallow curiosity about Pierson's fashion sense. Trump has positioned himself as a staunch supporter of gun rights, boasting that he sometimes carries a concealed weapon. Plus, the timing of Pierson's decision to wear the necklace on TV is notable, coming 24 hours after a grand jury in Ohio declined to indict a white police officer who last year shot and killed a 12-year-old black boy named Tamir Rice, who was playing with a pellet gun. Analysis of the decision featured prominently on CNN and other cable news networks Tuesday.