WATCH: Michael Flynn Then & Now “Lock Her Up/Lock Him Up”
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WATCH: Michael Flynn Then & Now “Lock Her Up/Lock Him Up”

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Michael Flynn leads the crowd in a "Lock her up!" chant against Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention in July 2016. (Screengrab from CNN/YouTube)

The ironic schadenfreude flowed fast and furious on Friday after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, a charge for which he could face up to five years in prison. When Flynn left the courthouse on Friday, Dec. 1, jeering onlookers greeted him with chants of “lock him up!”, an obvious riff off of Flynn’s own 2016-era chants of “lock her up!” in reference to Hillary Clinton.

Reporter Suzanne Kennedy of ABC’s Washington D.C. affiliate tweeted a video clip of Flynn leaving court after pleading guilty of lying to federal agents. A voice relatively close to the cameraman loudly and repeatedly asks Flynn if he is going to testify against the president (a question Flynn studiously ignored), while in the background, numerous voices can be heard shouting “Lock him up!” more or less in unison.

TIME magazine later tweeted video of the same scene shot from a different angle; in that video (for which Flynn’s perp-walk video was merely used as an introduction to a brief video outlining the history of the Russian investigation and Flynn’s involvement in it), it is much easier to hear people on the street shouting “Lock him up!” in addition to “Convicted criminal!”

CNN, meanwhile, responded by re-posting to its YouTube page a two-and-a-half minute long video snippet of Flynn’s speech at the Republican National Convention in July 2016, where he called for Hillary Clinton to go to prison and led the crowd in a chant of “Lock her up!”

“We do not need a reckless president who believes SHE is above the law. Lock her up, that’s right. Yep, that’s right! Lock her up!” Flynn said. “I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race because she, SHE, put our nation’s security at extremely high risk….If I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth, a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today.”

The Guardian also noted the irony in its coverage of Flynn’s guilty plea, giving its story the headline “‘Guilty, your honor’: Michael Flynn, who led the ‘lock her up’ chants, enters his plea”. The New York Daily News marked Flynn’s guilty plea by re-tweeting its February 2017 “look back at Michael Flynn’s RNC speech when he blasted Clinton for putting nation’s security ‘at extremely high risk’.”

The situational irony of Flynn’s words then compared to Flynn’s legal situation now was not lost on the Twittersphere, either. One man overlaid video footage of Flynn’s perp walk with a loop of his own words from the Republican convention: “Lock her up, that’s right, yep that’s right, lock her up! Lock her up, that’s right, yep….”

Another man with more classical tastes took Flynn’s RNC chant and overlaid it with the sounds of Mozart’s Requiem.

Of course, “lock her up” was not Flynn’s only circa-2016 statement to sound different after his own guilty plea. Others focused on his earlier hypothetical regarding what would send Flynn himself to jail:

Hillary Clinton has not yet publicly commented on Flynn’s most recent legal troubles, but Twitter had little difficulty imagining possible responses.

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young Christian's mother

I want this to happen in America.
A USA court give a judgement to arrest Putin .
Putin is brought to stand before the Court for his alleged involvement in USA general election .
Vow.
That’s is a great democracy.
God bless that system of democracy.
A court must have more powers.
But if Judges go insane ,,then judiciary will become a mess.
Long live Putin.
Long live our democracy.
Judges must read Bible or pray several days BEFORE he finally gives a judgement in any particular Case.
A good judge never take the case seriously if it is against a president or vice president ,,or ,,a church pastor..
because God is the judge for them.
Michael Flynn ,,,,,must become become a hero in a film about this ,,,news ,,
I am planning to shoot .
A higher authority will fear only a Court.
I was the first to write this first in USA ,,,
I am a supporter of UK,,
I am a supporter of Germany..,
I am a supporter of Australia,,
But not Russia,,,
Because Russia has nothing to do with America.
In coming days USA will be controlled by Germany or Australia or Canada ,,or UK..or Netherlands,,or Pope himself,,,
But not Russia.

Nobody

Mike Flynn is not going to even see a day in jail !!
If California cannot konvict someone that confessed to a murder !
How are they going to put a three-star General jail ….
After all, Michael Flynn was sent in by the Clinton Administration to sabotage the Trump campaign. This was a democratic Back-up Plan , that backfired ..

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