During a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Friday, President-Elect Donald Trump dismissed his supporters’ call to lock up Hillary Clinton.
At the event, Trump talked about the results of the 2016 election, and as soon as he mentioned Hillary Clinton, those in attendance began to chant “lock her up” as they often did during campaign rallies. During the election, Trump usually encouraged these chants and agreed that Clinton should be put in jail, with his typical response being “she should be locked up.” But his reaction on Friday was quite different.
“That plays great before the election…now we don’t care,” he said.
Trump has previously stated that he no longer has any interest in pursuing charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while she was secretary of state, but this was the first time Trump seemingly admitted that he never cared about it that much and that it was only a catchy slogan.
“I don’t want to hurt them,” Trump said of the Clintons during an interview with 60 Minutes. “I don’t want to hurt them. They’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them.”
“Lock her up” chants have broken out during most of Trump’s recent “Thank You” rallies, but the president-elect has not responded to them until tonight. The first time that they occurred, he smiled, shook his head and continued to speak.
Despite this break from Trump’s campaign rhetoric, the remainder of the Grand Rapids rally gave Trump’s fans exactly what they look for in Trump rallies, including at least 15 minutes of the president-elect talking about how well he did on Election Day and making fun of the media for being wrong about the outcome.