A Message for Morning Joe: Why the booing and the “Lock Him Up!” chant were necessary

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I am not a fan of Morning Joe, but occasionally I listen to the show because it gives me a sense of how moderates or “reasonable” right-wingers feel about what is going on. And today Joe Scarborough went on and on about something I disagree with. He and Mika were chatting about the booing and the “Lock him up!” chant that spontaneously erupted at the Sunday World Series game, and Joe was deploring the behavior of the crowd. The idea of imprisoning leaders is repugnant.

I understand where Joe is coming from. We don’t want one party to go and imprison the other party every time there’s a change in power. Being in charge means hard choices, and many leaders could be locked up for real or imaginary crimes. Or for frivolous infractions, which I believe was one reason for the memo at the DoJ that has stopped them from charging a sitting president.

I would accord Trump some of the trappings and norms of the presidency if he ever respected those norms. But he has used those norms — has taken advantage of them — to commit crimes.

However, this was not just the tit-for-tat for Trump’s bad behavior in inciting the “Lock her up!” chant that is still used at Trump rallies (and they have investigated Clinton over and over).

The problem is that the DoJ memo and the deference given to presidents has been abused by Trump and his enablers. They have viewed as an invitation to crime and to keep on criming. Trump and his enablers consider themselves above the law.

Here’s how the usual methods are failing us:

  • We cannot count on many of the elected appointed officials. Because of the electoral college and the fact that the Senate is skewed to the Republicans, the will of the majority is not always known or felt by those who are in charge. We the people cannot count on the Senate. We cannot count on the Department of Justice, when the AG is off trying to build up conspiracy theories.
  • We cannot count on the media. Often what is portrayed in the media has been arranged to make Trump look good. Only his chosen are permitted at rallies (last week, everyone at a college was forced to stay in their dorm rooms while he gave a speech). Photos are set up as well. Sometimes we catch on — Trump wasn’t in the room with the generals when the Baghdadi raid was happening, which we know because all the computers weren’t hooked up and because the time was wrong — but we probably don’t catch everything.
  • We cannot always count on the elections. The electoral college gave the victory to Trump in 2016, despite a clear majority for Clinton. We rallied and made our opinions clear in 2018, but we’re still blocked. November 2020 is still a whole year away, and what with Russian interference requested by Trump (and already going on) and enabled by McConnell, we’re not sure we can count on those results.

The booing was a way for we the people to let Trump and his Republican enablers and the rest of the world know just what we think about him. You know that “strongly disapprove” choice in all the polls? I don’t think Trump and his enablers understand just how strong that disapproval is.

By yelling “Lock him up!” we the people are sending a message to the Republican senate that we are aware Trump is a criminal and that we want him removed. This is important because they don’t always answer their phones. They are not responding to the will of the people.

The booing and the Lock him up chant were one of the few ways for the people to be heard.

Also, sometimes, Morning Joe, you have to lock up the criminals. Even Pelosi has said she wants him in prison.

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

Like I’ve said before we need more events like these, the people’s voice needs to be heard,media has to cover all equally #lock him up

William Stefens
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William Stefens

Although I appreciate and respect this side of the argument for approval of the Lock him up chant, I still disagree. I would think a better potential chant to express disapproval of Trump more in keeping with our democratic norms would be either “Impeach Trump Now!” or possibly, “Trump resign now!” Both possible outcomes. Both express our extreme displeasure with Trump, and, both are in keeping with our constitution and democratic government.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

I think he got what he deserves. He is a criminal and is ripping us off and laughing about it. He’s making us look like idiots. It’s past time to hold him accountable. He got Barr to cover his ass on the Mueller investigation. We know his taxes show fraud. And he goes on.

John Sheehan
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John Sheehan

Although I aspire to compassion, kindness, and generosity, it’s hard to ignore the delicious irony of the ” lock him up ” chant. What goes around comes around as they used to say on the street.

Markm Mitchell
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Markm Mitchell

Agreed: The American people have had enough of this Republican Administration.