President-elect Donald Trump spoke at a stop on his “thank-you” tour of America in Michigan yesterday, where he responded to his supporters’ chants of “lock her up” by stating “That plays great before the election — now we don’t care, right?” as reported by CNN.
A common chant made by groups of supporters of Donald Trump, “lock her up” has become synonymous with the president-elect and could be heard at several locations along his “thank you” tour of America. Heavy reported that yesterday was the first time the president-elect had responded to the chants since the string of rallies began.
“I’m going to think about it,” President-elect Trump answered when Lesley Stahl asked if he still intended to hire a special prosecutor to investigate Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a 60 Minutes interview, shortly after his election win, as reported by the Inquisitr. He made the promise during a presidential debate with Hillary Clinton in early October as well as at a summer campaign appearance.
“She did some bad things,” Trump stated.
During the same interview, Trump said that he didn’t “want to hurt” the Clintons, calling them “good people.” He later told reporters that Hillary Clinton had “suffered greatly.”
Heavy describes Trump “thank you” events as “15 minutes” of the president-elect bragging about how well he did and “making fun of the media for being wrong about the outcome” of the election.
CNN reported in a November 22 video that the notion of Donald Trump appointing a special prosecutor with the intention of imprisoning Hillary Clinton, with regard to her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state and unproven Clinton Foundation impropriety allegations, was one of the main reasons some Americans voted for Donald Trump.
At about the same time, former Trump Campaign Manager Kellyanne Conway stated that the president-elect’s seeming flip-flop was sending a “very strong message” to other members of the Republican Party. Conway stated a belief that Trump’s stance could be a result of his wish to help Hillary Clinton heal, saying “perhaps that’s a good thing to do.”
“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump said to Hillary Clinton at the second presidential debate in October.
CNN legal expert Steve Vladeck stated that the public position President-elect Trump took with regard to the former secretary of state during the election was “unusual.” He went on to describe a level of independence that ought to exist between the Department of Justice and the president, specifically to remove even the perception of legal considerations falling by the wayside at the expense of political ones.
Vladeck held up historical episodes where presidents have been perceived to have “wrongly politicized” the role of the Department of Justice.
That's not how this works. In our democracy, the President doesn't decide who gets prosecuted and who doesn't. https://t.co/01V5VrgOHY— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) November 22, 2016
“President-Elect Trump’s comments don’t exactly augur well for preservation of the line between law and politics over the next four years,” the CNN contributor stated.
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy noted on Twitter that the president of the United States does not have the authority to decide “who gets prosecuted and who doesn’t.”
Michael Flynn, who has been chosen to serve as Donald Trump’s national security adviser, led a crowd of rally attendees in a chant of “lock her up” in at the Republican National Convention in July.
Also at the Michigan rally, held in Grand Rapids, Donald Trump commented on his perception of a trend among U.S. department stores where Christmas decorations are festooned liberally, but that the words “merry Christmas” appear to be absent.
The Inquisitr has previously reported on the history and usage of the phrase “merry Christmas” over the past several hundred years.
“Merry Christmas everybody,” President-elect Trump said to cheers and applause from those gathered. “Merry Christmas.”
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