Supporters of President Donald Trump balked at the news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly expressed to colleagues that she wanted to see Trump in prison.
Trump responded to the report as well, calling Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”
Like clockwork, Trump ally and far-Right Fox News host Sean Hannity used his slot to echo Trump’s sentiments, railing against Pelosi for wanting to imprison political opponents who haven’t committed crimes.
Sean Hannity on Fox tonight, without any hint of irony: "Based on no actual crimes, [Pelosi] wants a political opponent locked up in prison. Umm, that happens in banana republics. Beyond despicable behavior." pic.twitter.com/bZceCo4sIn
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 7, 2019
“It is now the party of anti-Trump rage and psychosis…Based on no actual crimes, [Pelosi] wants a political opponent locked up in prison. Umm, that happens in banana republics. Beyond despicable behavior.”
If calls for a political figure to “locked up” without being convicted of a crime sound familiar, you aren’t the only one who noticed.
New York Times White House Correspondent Maggie Haberman pointed out some glaring irony.
“Lock her up!” has been the chant at whose rallies? https://t.co/mYECa2sX7f
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 7, 2019
The “lock her up” chant has become a mainstay of Trump’s rallies. It targets Trump’s 2016 Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, whom he accuses of being corrupt and lawless—despite Clinton never being convicted or charged with a crime, even after a years long FBI investigation.
It’s jarring to many that Trump supporters like Hannity don’t seem to realize the irony here.
The fact that an average Fox viewer cannot recognize the huge grift that these “personalities” are pulling on them… our educational system has truly failed in the critical thinking department. These people want to make money, that’s it, no further cause just money.
— Jolyn Williamson (@Jolynerin) June 7, 2019
It’s an Orwellian alternate universe over at state media outlet Fox News.
— Jay 🇺🇸⚓️🇨🇦 (@jgmiddlet) June 7, 2019
“I believe it to be true I believe it to be true I believe it to be true.” Evil.
— Jack (@jnichol2482) June 7, 2019