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Trump rally chants ‘lock her up’ after Cohen plea, Manafort verdict

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Donald Trump West Virginia rally
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President Donald Trump speaks at a Make America Great Again rally
at the Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, U.S., August
21, 2018.

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Millis


  • Supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday chanted
    “lock her up” at a campaign rally in West Virginia, just hours
    after Trump was dealt major blows in federal courts in two
    cases involving people close to him. 
  • Many on social media felt it was ironic his supporters
    chose to chant “lock her up” on Tuesday given the
    developments. 
  • The infamous “lock her up” chant began during the 2016
    campaign in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary
    Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server and the
    FBI investigation surrounding it. 

Supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday chanted “lock her
up” at a Make America Great Again rally in West Virginia, just
hours after Trump was dealt major blows in federal courts in two
cases involving people close to him. 

Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, on Tuesday
pleaded guilty to eight crimes in a federal court in New York.

In the process, Cohen testified under oath that he
broke campaign finance law under Trump’s orders
with the
intention of influencing the election. The campaign finance
violations involved payments to silence two women who allegedly
had affairs with the president. Cohen will be sentenced in
December and could face over five years in prison. 

Meanwhile, Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Trump’s
presidential campaign, was found guilty on eight counts of
financial crimes in a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, and

faces up to 80 years in prison
. The jury could not reach a
verdict on 10 other counts he was accused of, leading the judge
to declare a mistrial on those charges.

These developments did not deter Trump supporters from indulging
in the infamous “lock her up” chant, which began during the 2016
campaign in relation to former Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server and the FBI
investigation surrounding it. 

The FBI ultimately deemed Clinton’s use of a private email server
while she worked for the State Department as reckless, but did
not pursue criminal charges. Despite the FBI’s findings,
Trump continues to draw attention to this issue
and “lock her
up” is frequently heard at his rallies. 

But many on social media felt it was ironic his supporters chose
to chant “lock her up” on Tuesday given the developments earlier
in the day. 

‘It’s like a parallel universe’

Trump calls Mueller investigation a ‘disgrace’ after Manafort
verdict

Speaking on Manafort’s tough day in court before the West
Virginia rally, Trump described his ex-campaign chairman as a
“good man” and said he felt
“very sad about it.”

Manafort’s legal woes are linked to special counsel Robert
Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US
presidential election and the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion.

The president routinely decries the Mueller probe and on Tuesday
referred to it as a “witch hunt” and a “disgrace” after the
Manafort verdict. 

Trump did not mention Cohen or Manfort during Tuesday’s
rally. 

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