President Donald Trump held a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire on the eve of the state's crucial Democratic primary.
It wasn't a surprise that the crowd began cheering "Lock her up"—a phrase typically directed at Trump's 2016 opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—but this time the chants were directed at a different target.
Trump accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) of mumbling angrily during his State of the Union address last week. The crowd called upon him to lock her up—a cheer he appeared to endorse with a thumbs up.
"I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly. Very distracting. Angry. There was a little anger back there."… https://t.co/YPkTVwSIME— Washington Examiner (@Washington Examiner) 1581380781.0
Pelosi has broken no laws. The impeachment inquiry she announced in September and the proceedings in the House after it were supported by the Constitution. Some claimed Pelosi broke a law by tearing up the President's speech immediately following the address, but those claims are baseless.
The only "law" Pelosi broke was dissenting against Donald Trump, which apparently to Trump's supporters, merits incarceration.
That said more about Trump and his supporters than about Pelosi.
This is a dangerous man. He seeks to punish anyone who challenges him or attempts to hold him accountable. Anyone… https://t.co/MZZ3YXIlcf— Reader Adrift (@Reader Adrift) 1581403212.0
1) Speaker Pelosi was on camera not mumbling the entire time. If he heard voices, he should look into that. 2) The… https://t.co/eoU8LbWxIb— 🇺🇸🇭🇹 Only4RM 🇭🇹🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸🇭🇹 Only4RM 🇭🇹🇺🇸) 1581383759.0
So they plan to use the same exact script? Ok, if this election is going to come down to silly chants, how about "… https://t.co/LRKBvh5t79— Fred Guttenberg (@Fred Guttenberg) 1581387082.0
I’m not sure whether those who chant “lock her up!” learned anything about their existing constitutional order and… https://t.co/dz8YNPNG5w— Mehmet Efe Caman (@Mehmet Efe Caman) 1581388742.0
There are children in the background clapping and participating. It's disgraceful, and we've become so numb to it t… https://t.co/i4eY35MHG1— Heisel ✍️ (@Heisel ✍️) 1581388653.0
This is the path to dictatorship: convincing your minions that any opposition to you is not to be tolerated, that y… https://t.co/L3IP93SVNY— Mitchell Small (@Mitchell Small) 1581388843.0
In Trump's world asking a foreign Government help you win an election is all fine and dandy but mumbling is an offe… https://t.co/cMNNVjhM7N— Noah B. Sadoff (@Noah B. Sadoff) 1581387926.0
A number of Trump's allies have been indicted or incarcerated. Former Trump campaign advisor, Roger Stone, is awaiting sentencing at this very moment.
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