Echoes of 2016 Trump rally chant, ‘lock her up’…
(Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is always in search of a new hook to keep his fans engaged, especially one that is likely to gain attention.
Wednesday night, he got one when the crowd at his rally in North Carolina broke into chants of “send her back” as he began cataloging grievances against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota (that segment begins at about 21:00 in the video above).
Trump paused and looked on for several seconds to show his approval.
The shouts carried obvious echoes of a 2016 Trump rally chant, “Lock her up,” which broke its own norms by calling for the incarceration of his political opponent, Hillary Clinton, who escaped indictment after several scandals.
That chant became a hallmark of Trump rallies even long after he had defeated Clinton.
Omar is one of four women in the so-called “squad” of radical progressive members of Congress whom Trump attacked earlier this week, suggesting that they should “go back” to “the crime infested places from which they came,” fix them, and then show the U.S. how it’s done.
The others are Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
All four are American. Three were born in the United States; Omar was born in Somalia.
The tweet prompted the House to pass a resolution of condemnation on Tuesday, mostly along party lines.
The president has only reiterated his attacks, and his comments at Wednesday’s rally confirmed expectations that he plans to use the clash with the women to drive a wedge as he campaigns for reelection in 2020.
Trump is likely to use the crowd’s chant as validation for his claim that “many people agree with me.”
Trump criticized each of the women by name and gave lengthy descriptions of their anti-Semitic and anti-American sentiments.
He also mocked Ocasio-Cortez for using two names, insisting he would only refer to her as “Cortez.”
“They said, ‘That’s not her name, Sir,” Trump told the crowd. “I said, ‘No, no I don’t have time to go with three different names.’ We’ll call her ‘Cortez.’”
Liberals are “always telling us how to run” the country, he said. “If they don’t love it, tell them to leave it.”
©2019 Los Angeles Times. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.