By Michael d’Oliveira
“Lock her up” is a staple of rallies hosted by President Donald Trump. It’s a chant directed at Hillary Clinton for all the crimes conservatives claim she’s done.
It’s become a very tired chant – one that’s been yelled for years but brings Clinton no closer to getting thrown in jail. It’s also a chant that shouldn’t be uttered. Calling for the incarceration of a major political figure before she’s even been charged with a crime is dangerous, divisive and distracting.
In July of 2016, Washington Post opinion writer Jennifer Rubin wrote about the “lock her up” chant. “The suggestion is that Hillary Clinton was not just wrong, negligent or dishonest but should be imprisoned. In lieu of policy disagreements we now criminalize the opposing party’s nominee,” she stated.
She was right.
The same should be said for liberals saying “lock him up” about Trump.
Like Clinton, Trump has been the subject of countless newspaper articles, television broadcasts and other media outlining supposed and alleged crimes.
And, like Clinton, all or some of it might be true.
But “might” is the key word here.
Nothing has been proven and no charges have been filed. Neither Trump nor Clinton have been convicted of anything.
Liberals who chant “lock him up,” or post it on social media, are acting no better than the Trump supporters who think the justice system should just throw Clinton in jail with no trial.
But the phrase seems to have become just as popular with Trump’s critics as it has with Trump supporters.
It should be noted that, even if a court of law found Trump guilty of something, there is a very slim chance he would actually go to jail. Presidents just don’t go to jail in this country. For a myriad of reasons, both good and bad. So, if you really dislike Trump, don’t get your hopes up too much.
That being said, “lock him up” and “lock her up” are both corrosive phrases that do nothing but make people less likely to listen to each other.
It’s just not something that should be said in a country where the rule of law and due process are vital to the stability of the country.
But that’s politics today. Say something as incendiary as possible, no matter what the consequences.