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Jeff Sessions: ‘Perhaps’ wrong to repeat ‘lock her up’ chant

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Attorney
General Jeff Sessions on Thursday addressed laughing along to
high school students chanting “lock her up” at a conservative
leadership summit earlier in the week.

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  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday said
    “perhaps” he should’ve stopped to remind high school students
    about due process as they chanted “lock her up” at a leadership
    summit.
  • “I perhaps should have taken a moment to advise them
    that … you’re presumed innocent until cases are made,”
    Sessions said.
  • “Lock her up” was a chant routinely heard during the
    2016 presidential election in reference to former Secretary of
    State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday said “perhaps” he
should’ve stopped to remind high school students about due
process earlier this week as they chanted “lock her up” at a
leadership summit for young people hosted by a conservative
group.

Sessions stopped short of apologizing but acknowledged he could
have handled the situation better. 

“Well, I met with a group of enthusiastic high-school
students, and they enthusiastically broke into that chant,”
Sessions told reporters. “I perhaps should have taken a moment to
advise them that … you’re presumed innocent until cases are
made.”

As Sessions spoke at the high school leadership summit on
Tuesday, he told the audience universities are “coddling”
students too much these days. 

“After the 2016 election, for example, they held a ‘cry-in’
at Cornell. I hope they had plenty of tissues for ’em to cry on,”
the attorney general said at the time.

He then told the students he could tell they were different
and wouldn’t need the same type of treatment, which is when they
began chanting “lock her up.” 

Sessions laughed
and briefly joined in.

“Lock her up” was routinely heard during the 2016
presidential election in reference to former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server.
Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump often encouraged his
supporters as they chanted it at rallies along the campaign
trail. 

The FBI ultimately concluded Clinton’s use of a private
email server was irresponsible, but not criminal, and did not
pursue charges. 

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