- Supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday chanted “lock her up” at a campaign rally in West Virginia, just hours after Trump was dealt major blows in federal courts in two cases involving people close to him.
- Many on social media felt it was ironic his supporters chose to chant “lock her up” on Tuesday given the developments.
- The infamous “lock her up” chant began during the 2016 campaign in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server and the FBI investigation surrounding it.
Supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday chanted “lock her up” at a Make America Great Again rally in West Virginia, just hours after Trump was dealt major blows in federal courts in two cases involving people close to him.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to eight crimes in a federal court in New York.
In the process, Cohen testified under oath that he broke campaign finance law under Trump’s orders with the intention of influencing the election. The campaign finance violations involved payments to silence two women who allegedly had affairs with the president. Cohen will be sentenced in December and could face over five years in prison.
Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Trump’s presidential campaign, was found guilty on eight counts of financial crimes in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, and faces up to 80 years in prison. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other counts he was accused of, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on those charges.
These developments did not deter Trump supporters from indulging in the infamous “lock her up” chant, which began during the 2016 campaign in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server and the FBI investigation surrounding it.
WATCH: Hours after former Trump aides are convicted and pleaded guilty in federal court, crowd at Trump rally in West Virginia shouts "drain the swamp!" and "lock her up!" pic.twitter.com/GtFOmf3z7S
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 21, 2018
The FBI ultimately deemed Clinton’s use of a private email server while she worked for the State Department as reckless, but did not pursue criminal charges. Despite the FBI’s findings, Trump continues to draw attention to this issue and “lock her up” is frequently heard at his rallies.
But many on social media felt it was ironic his supporters chose to chant “lock her up” on Tuesday given the developments earlier in the day.
‘It’s like a parallel universe’
Hours after Trump's campaign chairman was found guilty in one court and his personal lawyer pleaded guilty in another, his rally is chanting "Drain the Swamp" and "Lock Her Up!"
It's like a parallel universe.
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) August 21, 2018
The crowd at tonight’s Trump rally in West Virginia is chanting, “Drain that swamp” and “Lock her up," on a day where the president’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and his former campaign chairman was convicted on eight counts of fraud charges.
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) August 21, 2018
"Lock her up" chants about Hillary Clinton at a Trump rally on the day Trump's campaign manager and personal lawyer get jail time is really GOP politics right now in a nutshell.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 21, 2018
Crowd at Trump #MAGA rally chants "Drain the Swamp! Drain the Swamp!" then pivots to "Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!"
Surreal on a day when two of Trump's top aides were handed 16 felony convictions between them, and both will, in fact, be locked up. pic.twitter.com/DCP4dKYAfp
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 21, 2018
Truly insane to hear a crowd chant "lock her up" about Hillary on the same day that Trump's lawyer took a plea deal for paying off a porn star and model to influence the election and Paul Manafort was found guilty on 8 counts including 2 that implicate the Trump campaign.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 21, 2018
Trump calls Mueller investigation a ‘disgrace’ after Manafort verdict
Speaking on Manafort’s tough day in court before the West Virginia rally, Trump described his ex-campaign chairman as a “good man” and said he felt “very sad about it.”
Manafort’s legal woes are linked to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election and the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion.
The president routinely decries the Mueller probe and on Tuesday referred to it as a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace” after the Manafort verdict.
Trump did not mention Cohen or Manfort during Tuesday’s rally.
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