Crowd aims 'lock him up' chant at Obama during Trump rally

From: Bradley K. Sherman ([email protected])

A crowd at President Trump's rally Sunday evening chanted "lock
him up" after the president accused his predecessor, former
President Obama, of being caught "spying" on the 2016 Trump

During the event in Henderson, Nev., Trump told attendees that
the former president "got caught spying on my campaign,"
referring to longstanding accusations from him and his allies
that the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with
Russia in 2016 was orchestrated by the Obama administration in
an attempt to sink his candidacy, a claim for which there is no

In response, many attendees began chanting "lock him up!", a
riff on the "lock her up" chant the president encouraged during
his 2016 run against Hillary Clinton (D), during which he
alleged that his opponent had committed crimes by operating a
private email server as secretary of state.

The President says President Obama got caught spying on his
campaign and the crowd chants lock him up?

— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 14, 2020
The president has ratcheted up his rhetoric aimed at Obama in
recent months, accusing the former president in June of
committing "treason" while touting the upcoming results of the
Justice Department's investigation into the origins of the probe
into the Trump campaign.

“Treason. Treason. It’s treason,” Trump told CBN News in June.

“They’d been spying on my campaign,” the president added at the
time. “Turned out I was right. Let’s see what happens to them

His repeated baseless claims come as the Justice Department's
own inspector general previously told the Senate late last year
that neither the former president nor former Vice President Joe
Biden (D) were involved with the decision to begin the

“We certainly didn’t see any evidence of that in the FBI’s files
or the department’s files," he told the Senate Judiciary
Committee in December.;

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