During a recent interview with CNN, former FBI Director James Comey and host Christine Amanpour discussed the “lock her up” chant, a mantra which gained popularity among supporters of President Trump in regards to his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Christine Amanpour, a staunch liberal, famously defending Hillary after she feinted head first into a van by calling reporters who mentioned it sexist and asking “can’t a girl have a sick day or two?”
While Comey bemoaned the president’s “calling for the ‘locking up’ of his political opponents, including people like me,” Amanpour took the opportunity to ponder whether a “ban” on the phrase would be appropriate.
“Do you, in retrospect, wish that people like yourself, the FBI, I mean, the people in charge of law and order, had shut down that language?” Amanpour asked regarding the “lock her up chant.
The CNN host went on to suggest that the chant “was dangerous potentially, that it could’ve created violence, that it’s a kind of hate speech,” and asked, “Should that have been allowed?”
In typical fashion, Comey replied as vaguely as possible, “The beauty of this country is people can say what they want – even if it’s misleading, and it’s demagoguery.”