I have been critical of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on social media and the campaign trail. The attacks are often personal and, in my view, often unsettling. That was the case yesterday at an Iowa rally where the crowd chanted “Lock her up, lock her up” after Trump taunted ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over the leaking of a letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. It is a chilling development in a mass rally to have supporters calling for the jailing of Trump’s political opponents. That is not what this country represents and should be condemned by Democratic and Republican leaders alike.Trump’s taunt was modest by past standards in joining those who have mocked Feinstein over her denial in the hearing as the source of the leak. (Feinstein turned to staffers and asked them if they leaked the letter and then treated the matter as closed). However, he should have rejected the chant as highly inappropriate and unfounded.
Trump asked “How about Senator Feinstein? That’s another beauty . . . Did you leak the documents?”
Having hundreds of people chanting “Lock her up” about Feinstein both absurd and deeply troubling. Republican senators like Lindsey Graham have publicly stated that they do not believe that Feinstein would intentionally leak such information.