Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski drew ire from some people online on Monday after they criticized chants of “Lock him up” directed at President Donald Trump during Sunday night’s World Series game.
Social media posts show that in addition to the boos, there were some chants of “Lock him up,” a riff on Trump’s “Lock her up” chant he encouraged about Hillary Clinton at rallies leading up to the 2016 presidential election.
Scarborough and Brzezinski addressed the chants on Monday during Morning Joe on MSNBC.
“I speak to the ‘Lock him up’ chants,” Scarborough said. “Again, it’s just un-American. It started with Donald Trump, in fact he’s made it the centerpiece of his campaign rallies.”
“We find it sickening when it happens at his rallies, I find it kind of sickening to watch people leering at the president,” Brzezinski added.
“Of course it’s sickening. We are Americans and we do not do that,” Scarborough replied. “We do not want the world hearing us chant ‘Lock him up’ to this president or to any president. That’s why I’m saying, let’s hope as we move forward maybe this is one less fascist tactic he and his supporters use during chants.”
The Morning Joe host’s take wasn’t met well with people online.
You're wrong, Joe. The world should know how American people feel about our leader. They shouldn't judge us all by an obnoxious braggadocio who is out to line his own pockets and makes bad decisions–in office only because of a boondoggle. #MorningJoe https://t.co/s9aA9Ro2V1— Joanna Brady, author (@KeysAuthrBrady) October 28, 2019
Hurling some politician’s own hypocritical slogan back at them at a choice moment is every American’s right. It doesn’t mean you’re endorsing their principle and deserve to be tut-tutted on morning joe.— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) October 28, 2019
What did @Morning_Joe want them to chant? No Quid Pro Quo? This big phony jerk came face to face with reality last night, outside of his staged circuses, people hate him, and it was beautiful and glorious.— Jeremy Newberger (@jeremynewberger) October 28, 2019
Sorry Joe and Mika, but what Trump has put us and our Country through for 3 years, the abuse, etc. We deserve to be happy a day because the Worst Person Ever got a frigging boo and chant. Boo Hoo! #MorningJoe— Woman (@tayl8kr) October 28, 2019
“So let’s see if I’ve got this straight: When crowds chant “Lock her up” toward Hillary, it is illiberal and anti-American. (I agree). But when crowds chant the same toward Trump, it is suddenly a fulsome exercise of sacred First Amendment rights. What hypocritical clowns,” the host wrote. “If you think that democracy is strengthened by calling for the arrest of political opponents, you’re as ignorant and illiberal as Trump himself. Delete your account and read some civics. Stop embarrassing yourself. Republicans, look at the response to a very traditional view that in America, we do not call for the arrest of political opponents. And then understand that you reap what you sow. A republic if you can keep it. Seacrest Out.”