‘Hillary for Prison’ Crew Turns on Donald Trump

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‘Hillary for Prison’ Crew Turns on Donald Trump

Less than two weeks after his win, the president-elect broke the news to his fans that “Crooked Hillary” won’t be going to jail after all.

Tim Mak

Asawin Suebsaeng

11.22.16 10:34 PM ET

President-elect Donald Trump signaled he would break one of his most authoritarian campaign-promises: His vow to do everything he could to jail his political rival Hillary Clinton.

“It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” Trump told reporters and columnists at the New York Times Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons, I really don’t. She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”

Trump told the Times, regarding his supporters, “I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.”

He thought wrong.

Many of Trump’s more high-profile fans, surrogates, and allies are angry about this about-face and insist “Crooked Hillary” – as Trump dubbed her throughout the campaign – be locked up.

“I’m hearing from people who are livid at Hillary, they’re still mad,” Rush Limbaugh, the famous conservative talk show host, said on Tuesday afternoon. “There are a lot of people who really thought that when Trump said ‘You oughta be in jail,’ that they agreed with that and thought that she should be!”

“Whoa! I thought we elected [Donald Trump] president,” Ann Coulter, conservative pundit and one of Trump’s most loyal media boosters, tweeted in response to the news. “Did we make him the FBI, & DOJ? His job is to pick those guys, not do their jobs.”

“As happy as I am that our long national nightmare’s over, NO president [should] be blocking investigators from doing their jobs. #EqualUnderLaw,” she continued.

Coulter wasn’t alone in her frustration. Calls to imprison Clinton, wasn’t a passing idea in the Trump campaign—it was a central tenet. After all, this reversal comes  after a long campaign during which Trump and his allies and his surrogates had made “LOCK HER UP!” chants and “Hillary for Prison” swag staples of Trump rallies.

“BROKEN PROMISE,” declared Breitbart—a far-right website previously run by Stephen Bannon, Trump’s incoming White House chief strategist.

Former tea-party congressman Joe Walsh, who tweeted in July that “Hillary Clinton should be in prison,” didn’t seem too pleased, either.

“When he said ‘Lock her up’ what he really meant was ‘Help her heal,’” Walsh tweeted sarcastically on Tuesday.

Others tried to look for loopholes in Trump’s statements, and tried to find hope in the slight ambiguity of his statement.

“That doesn’t mean that [the Department of] Justice wouldn’t do it,” Al Baldasaro, a Trump supporter and New Hampshire lawmaker who called for the execution of Hillary Clinton during the campaign, told The Daily Beast. “It’s not that he’s not going to do it. He’s going to let Congress do their job… It’s going to continue its investigations.”

The media, Baldasaro said, was trying to “find something that’s not there.”

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Bill Mitchell, a small-time talk-show host and a fervent Trump supporter, suggested the president-elect was pulling a Machiavellian maneuver.

“You may be upset Trump has signaled he will not ‘persecute Hillary,’ but you will see in short the this was brilliant strategic positioning,” he wrote on Twitter. “When Trump looks at an apple, he doesn’t just see the apple, he sees the soil and the tree and the farmer and the rain. Trust him.”

Others are making peace with Trump’s decision by hiding behind their supposed cynicism of politics. Limbaugh, who has rallied Trump supporters through the latter end of the campaign with anti-Clinton rantings, claims now that he never really believed Trump would have gone through with his promise.

“I never expected Trump to actually prosecute her,” he said on his show. “And the reason is…I’m falling back on what some of the standard protocols for politics are after victory and this just, we in America do not prosecute defeated political enemies…If he did it, it was going to be icing on the cake for me. But I never expected him to do it.”

The president doesn’t have the authority to put individuals in jail, but has influence over the process: Trump told Clinton during a presidential debate in October, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation…we’re gonna have a special prosecutor.” He then added that if he were in charge, she’d “be in jail.”

But now that he’s entering office, Trump is not so sure—and it raises questions about how serious he was about any of his promises, to the chagrin of his most ardent backers.

Additional reporting by Andrew Kirell.

One thought on “‘Hillary for Prison’ Crew Turns on Donald Trump

  1. Well, not even being President, and already the cracks in the political Trump empire are appearing!

    The ones hating democracy and the American law, including the Constitution, are blaring their discomfort about the Trumpian decision to not start prosecutions against his opponent for the Presidency, Hillary Clinton!

    The Trumpians want to see blood, and if possible death to anything and everyone connected to and with the Clintons, and when their Leader (aka Fuhrer) led them to believe he would bring her to prison they wetted their pants of excitement!

    The Trumpians are a rare species, or better said, an evolvement of a species that we all are too familiar with: brown-shirts, skulls on caps, mass assemblies, raised arms in salute, and white long dresses worn with pointy hats, against freedom, against liberty of all but themselves, denying others the equal right same liberties, and ofcourse One Nation First, the Own Nation First!

    And now Trump himself has stated that he sees no reason for bringing his opponent to prison, they are angry, not disappointed but simply angry!

    They have been cheated, lied to, conned and they feel betrayed!
    This is not what they voted for, they voted for the end of the Clintons, and all who were and are connected to them, and now the one they voted for to accomplish their will and desire has backed away from what he had promised them, they go after him!

    Not an uncommon way btw, cowards of this kind of species don’t have the courage to work for what they want, they let someone else do it for them, mostly the stupidest among them, and then when that stupid comes to his senses and realizes that what they want, OR when the ones he promised to take care of their business and affairs has achieved what he wants, being in the position to decide, then doesn’t do it!
    And now they go after him, as was done by their idols more then 70 years ago, they go after the one and ones who don’t do what was promised!

    One must ask what is more dangerous fro Trump, the ones who have not voted for him in the elections, or the ones who voted for him and are now angry at him for not delivering what he promised…..

    Personally I think that the ones who voted for Trump but are now realizing they have been cheated, lied to and conned are the most dangerous, because they have no scruples, they lack the brains to know what is right or wrong, they hold the principle of blood-brothers sacred, till the moment a blood-brothers does something that was not agreed to, or a promise not followed!

    Then this rare species becomes like “you lied to me, and now I am going to end you”, the disappointment among the right-wingers is huge, the anger is even bigger!

    Perhaps Trump should be more afraid of what his once-supporters now haters will be doing, then be afraid of what his political opponents will be doing!

    We have to wait and see, won’t we?

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