Truthful or not, Donald Trump and his surrogates’ enthusiastic branding of Hillary Clinton as criminally malevolent for her handling of classified materials while secretary of state was an extremely effective tactic during the 2016 campaign.
It hit its zenith at the Republican National Convention when multiple speakers argued for the jailing of Clinton, the argument being that federal law is potentially a criminal offense.
Last night, former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn resigned his post as national security adviser after journalists discovered he possibly broke federal law by communicating with Russia prior to Trump’s inauguration.
Curious what Flynn’s stance is on people who do things that are potentially a criminal offense?
If you need your faith in karma renewed, here's Michael Flynn accusing Hillary of being a security risk and leading a LOCK HER UP chant. 💁 pic.twitter.com/3DjzHXceap
— shauna (@goldengateblond) February 14, 2017
Here’s the full text of the clip.
We do not need a reckless president who believes she is above the law. Lock her up, that’s right. Yea, that’s right, Lock her up. I’m gonna tell you what. It’s unbelievable. It’s unbelievable. Yea. I use hashtag Never Hillary, that’s what I use. I have called on Hillary Clinton, I have called on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race, because she, she put our nation’s security at extremely high risk with her careless use of a private email server. Lock her up, lock her up. You guys are good, damn right, exactly right, there’s nothing wrong with that. And you know why, and you know why, you know why we’re saying that? We’re saying that because if I, a guy who knows this business, if I did a tenth, a tenth, of what she did, I would be in jail today.
The irony wasn’t lost on those sharing the clip on Twitter.
hmmmm, “a 1/10th of what she did” aye? #byhisownlogicheshouldbeinjail
— Man (@man) February 14, 2017
Hillary Clinton also responded to Flynn’s resignation on Twitter Wednesday morning.