“Make America Great Again” and Mexican wall slogans aren’t leading the charge any longer. “Lock her up” has become the “unofficial slogan” at the 2016 Republican National Convention — a snub at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her private email server used for official government purposes.
The chant started on the first night of the convention. The New Republic said “it only took 10 minutes” for the chant to start.
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn Said ‘Yeah, That’s Right, Lock Her Up’
“Yeah, that’s right, lock her up,” the LA Times quoted Flynn talking about Clinton. “You’re damn right, exactly right,” he added as the crowd began to chant “lock her up.”
Gov. Chris Christie’s Mock Courtroom with Hillary on Trial
Gov. Chris Christie presented “the facts. Just the facts” in his mock trial on stage at the RNC.
A former prosecutor, the Republican governor of New Jersey asked the crowd, “Hillary Clinton as an inept negotiator: guilty or not guilty?”
You can help be the jury by watching the trial here:
4th Night: RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Before taking the stage to encourage and rally Republicans, its national committee chairman, Reince Priebus, spoke with the New York Times’ Mark Leibovich, who wrote:
“In a previous life, Priebus was an accomplished attorney. I asked him what he thought about the “lock her up” chants directed at Hillary Clinton that have been breaking out on the floor, and occasionally the stage, all week. I wondered if it might be a little harsh, maybe even a little banana republic-y? He waved me off. “It’s just political rhetoric,” he said. “They’ll get over it.”
Then the RNC chairman took the stage. And the chants started again:
From this perspective:
Trump Says ‘Let’s Beat Her in November’ in Response
Trump took the stage, and when he got to discussing Clinton and an embassy takeover in Libya, the chant began again:
But Trump waited. Waved his hands. Paused. Then responded, “Let’s defeat her in November.”