At the Republican National Convention, “lock her up” chants in reference to Hillary Clinton were repeatedly heard from the audience. Gov. Chris Christie even held a mock-trial for the Democratic presidential candidate. From Christie’s glass house, he threw a stone which Hillary threw right back at him and it was a zinger.
Delegates have had a blast calling for the imprisonment of the presumptive Democratic nominee, and the idea has been endorsed from the podium at least four times so far — including by Pam Bondi, the top law enforcement officer in the state of Florida. (Bondi responded to the chant Wednesday night by saying, “Lock her up, I love that!”)
That’s pretty rich coming from Bondi, who took money from Donald Trump while her office said it was ‘reviewing’ complaints against him.
But one Republican stands alone, defending Clinton from chants of imprisoning her. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona took to his Twitter account to say, “@HillaryClinton now belongs in prison? C’mon. We can make the case that she shouldn’t be elected without jumping the shark.”
.@HillaryClinton now belongs in prison? C'mon. We can make the case that she shouldn't be elected without jumping the shark.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2016
On Wednesday night, Flake left a post on Medium. The Republican Senator is no fan of Hillary’s but he said, “Republicans are not going to defeat Hillary Clinton in November by insisting that she belongs in prison any more than we defeated Barack Obama by pretending that he was born in Kenya. “So let’s drop the references to orange pant suits and chants of ‘lock her up,'” he continued.
“These jokes and bromides may play well in rare venues and limited circles, but they cheapen the very real arguments that need to be made to the broader public against a Hillary Clinton presidency,” he concluded.
We remember when the tea party thought calling Barack Obama a sneaky Muslim from Kenya who usurped the Presidency was a winning idea. That, too, failed. And so will the ‘lock her up’ chants.
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