Trump Threat to Jail Clinton Gets Bipartisan Criticism

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump threatened to jail opponent Hillary Clinton if he is elected, which the Associated Press calls “an unprecedented break with U.S. political decorum.” The threat was made in last night’s presidential debate in St. Louis after Clinton said it is “awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country.” Trump blasted back, “Because you’d be in jail.” That drew applause in a town hall-style debate that was supposed to be free of audience participation. A few moments earlier, Trump had said he’d instruct his attorney general to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate tens of thousands of emails that Clinton deleted when she was secretary of state. After saying people across the country were “furious” with Clinton, Trump said, “So we’re going to get a special prosecutor, and we’re going to look into it.”

Today, Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway backed off Trump’s threat to throw Clinton in jail. “That was a quip,” Kellyanne Conway said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” On Trump’s threat to appoint a special prosecutor, Conway said only that the candidate was “channeling the frustration” of voters. Former Attorney General Eric Holder wrote on Twitter: “In the USA we do not threaten to jail political opponents. @realDonaldTrump said he would. He is promising to abuse the power of the office.” Ari Fleischer, White House press secretary under George W. Bush and a supporter of Trump, wrote: “Winning candidates don’t threaten to put opponents in jail. Presidents don’t threaten prosecution of individuals. Trump is wrong on this.”

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