In another example of a fractured GOP, Republican Senator Jeff Flake called for an end to his party’s extreme anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric during speeches at the Republican National Convention.
The Arizona Senator tweeted on Tuesday that RNC speakers’ chants of “Lock her up!” and “Hillary for prison!” at this week’s convention is making his party look bad — although many would argue the ship has already sailed on that notion.
Nearly every Republican delegate and speaker has called for the imprisonment of the former Secretary of State in just the first few days of the event.
“[The] idea has been endorsed from the podium at least four times so far — including by Pam Bondi, the top law enforcement officer in the state of Florida,” Vox writer Andrew Prokop said. “Bondi responded to the chant Wednesday night by saying, “Lock her up, I love that!””
.@HillaryClinton now belongs in prison? C’mon. We can make the case that she shouldn’t be elected without jumping the shark.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 20, 2016
“Republicans are not going to defeat Hillary Clinton in November by insisting that she belongs in prison any more than we defeated Barack Obama by pretending that he was born in Kenya,” Flake told Medium.
“So let’s drop the references to orange pant suits and chants of ‘lock her up.’ These jokes and bromides may play well in rare venues and limited circles, but they cheapen the very real arguments that need to be made to the broader public against a Hillary Clinton presidency.”