On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, thousands of Bernie supporters marched in the streets of Philly, chanting, beating drums, and holding anti-Hillary signs. The protesters chanted “Hey-hey, ho-ho, HRC has got to go” and “Lock her up.” They held signs that read “Hillary for Prison” or called for her indictment.
Erica Albanese, who traveled from Oregon, wore a “Hillary for Prison” shirt as she wandered around the park after the four mile march.
She said that Mrs. Clinton was guilty of “perjury” adding: “She lied about her documents and her emails.”
Dylan Melnik, 24, from Boston carried a sign in the march that said “Hillary 4 Prison 2016.”
“He basically inferred under any other circumstances she might be indicted, but because she’s Hillary, she won’t be indicted,” Mr. Melnik said about Mr. Comey’s press conference.
Those same sentiments were on display last week at the Republican National Convention, where delegates also chanted “Lock her up!” and vendors hawked buttons, t-shirts and bumper stickers that said “Hillary for Prison” and “Vote no to Monica’s ex-boyfriend’s wife in 2016,” among other things.
Democrats were scandalized.
“When I see this, you know, ‘Crooked Hillary,’ or I see the ‘Lock her up,’ it’s just ridiculous. It is ridiculous,” Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine said in a preview of an interview on 60 Minutes.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also expressed her disapproval of the notion that Hillary Clinton should go to jail. Last week, she denounced offensive signs that said “Hillary Clinton for prison,” and complained that “we’ve seen calls from the stage that she ought to be in stripes, that she ought to be locked up.”
She even offered a “trigger warning” to viewers before showing them a clip of the anti-Hillary buttons vendors were selling, because the pins might have made them “uncomfortable.” The buttons included the admittedly crass “Clinton KFC Special: 2 fat thighs, 2 small breasts, left wing.”
“You may not want to look at this stuff,” Maddow warned viewers.
It’s too bad Maddow wasn’t on the air Sunday morning, because terrible things were being chanted about Hillary Clinton on MSNBC at that time and no one was there to warn viewers that it might make them uncomfortable.
During Steve Kornacki’s interview with Clinton Chief of Staff Brian Fallon, Bernie supporters could be heard in the background chanting, “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
While Fallon called for party unity and claimed that allegations of DNC wrong-doing were “conspiracy theories” and “unmerited,” the boisterous crowd hooted and hollered — at times, almost drowning out the MSNBC host and his guest. The “lock her up” chants begin at around 2:20.
For those of us who are appalled that the DOJ let Hillary skate on her myriad of crimes, the fact that there is bipartisan agreement that she’s a crook who should be “locked up” does offer some consolation. The fact that this is a narrative that is going to dog Hillary all the way to the finish line offers even more consolation.