At Donald Trump’s rally in Michigan last Friday, the crowd started chanting “Lock her up”:
The chant “lock her up” became a common occurrence at Trump’s rallies while he was running for president. During the presidential campaign, Trump pledged to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. Despite the fact that FBI director James Comey recommended over the summer against criminal charges for Clinton for the server use, Trump told Clinton during a debate that if he were president, “you’d be in jail.”
But what happened next was interesting. Trump responded to the crowd, “That plays great before the election — now we don’t care, right?”
Will Trump’s followers realize that it was them who were being played? Will they really just forget everything Trump said about Clinton?
Will they also forget that Trump promised them he would change the government to end the “business as usual” of Washington insiders, but instead he has already completely flip-flopped on that with his appointees? In particular, one of his appointees, David Petraeus, pleaded guilty to exactly the same charges for which Trump wanted to send Clinton to jail.
Not only that, but Trump said he would self fund his campaign so he would not be beholden to his donors, but didn’t, and is now giving high-ranking positions in his administration to his biggest donors?
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad that Trump is not going to appoint a special prosecutor to go after Clinton. I’m also glad that we will almost certainly not build a wall between the US and Mexico. Or that he won’t deport millions of immigrants, or block all Muslims from entering the US.
I’m just curious how his most fervent supporters will react.