Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined in with a bunch of teens chanting “Lock her up” and laughed gleefully to boot
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the highest ranking law enforcement officer in the country, was speaking at a conservative group’s high school leadership summit today when the crowd began chanting, “Lock her up,” a rallying cry during Trump’s 2016 Presidential election, in reference to his opponent, Hilary Clinton.
Sessions is seen laughing at the teens’ chant and then repeating the words himself — and the crowd’s chant becomes louder and more fervent after he joins in.
“I heard that a long time over the last campaign,” he said, smiling and laughing.
JUST IN: AG Sessions laughingly joins in “lock her up!” chant while speaking at a high school leadership summit in DC. pic.twitter.com/3oAFgRLgsI
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 24, 2018
The chant, which was a regular occurrence at Trump election rallies, is meant to encourage the jailing of Hilary Clinton, based on her use of a private server and a number of missing emails related to political business while she was Secretary of State under President Obama. The offense was exhaustively investigated by the FBI and no charges were filed against Clinton.
During his campaign, Trump often promised to jail Clinton if he were elected, but after he took office said, “We don’t care.”
However, over the last 18 months, Trump has criticized Sessions for not appointing special counsel to further investigate Clinton. He did assign a federal prosecutor to looking into the legality of Clinton’s past actions, though, again, no wrongdoing was found and no charges were filed.
Since Trump took office, at least six of his staffers have used private email servers to conduct business, with no legal consequences.
Jeff sessions said during his confirmation hearing last January that he had never participated in the chant, which would be inappropriate considering the results of the investigation and the total lack of charges against Clinton.
“No I did not. I don’t think. I heard it in rallies and so forth, sometimes I think humorously done,” CNN reported Sessions said.
Also during the speech, which was given during Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University, Sessions promoted free speech while criticizing “snowflakes” and the coddling of students. “After the 2016 election, for example, they held a ‘cry-in’ at Cornell,” he said. “I hope they had plenty of tissues for ’em to cry on. They had therapy dogs at the University of Kansas. Play-Doh and coloring books at the University of Michigan for heaven’s sakes. You know, give me a break. Students at Tufts were encouraged to ‘draw’ about their feelings. Well I can tell this group isn’t going to have to have Play-Doh when you get attacked in college and you get involved in a debate. I like this bunch, I gotta tell you. You’re not going to be backing down. Go get ’em. Go get ’em.”
Responses to Sessions’ encouraging the high school chant were mostly critical.
While Attorney General Jeff Sessions chants “LOCK HER UP”
Benghazi investigation 4yrs- NO INDICTMENTS
Clinton email investigation 2yrs- NO INDICTMENTS
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) July 24, 2018
Another first in my two decades covering the United States Department of Justice. This, on the heels of the Trump White House in effect warning anyone with a Top Secret clearance not to dissent or disagree with @potus or face career-ruining revocation of their clearances. https://t.co/3izWEtfIwb
— James Gordon Meek (@meekwire) July 24, 2018
Jeff Sessions joining the zombie chant of "lock her up" is what happens when Fox News continues to cover Hillary's emails as if they are a bigger story that Russia's ongoing attacks on US elections. #TuesdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/O6fiIuOoT7
— Richard Hine (@richardhine) July 24, 2018
This would have been the teachable moment for AG Sessions to tell his high school student audience that its "lock her up" chant was inappropriate. Instead, he repeated "lock her up" and giggled. The nation's chief law enforcement officer. Shameful. https://t.co/X81OVzVTZc
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) July 24, 2018
Chanting “Lock her up” is not only strange because the election is long over and Clinton was long ago cleared of criminal acts, but because Trump himself is under investigation for alleged multiple acts of wrongdoing, including collusion with Russia, campaign finance violations, the misuse of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, and, ironically, the deletion of thousands of pieces of correspondence. In addition, he has faced sexual misconduct allegations from 19 different women.