CNN Anchor: Is “Lock her Up” Chant Hate Speech?
CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour is wondering if the ever-popular “lock her up” chant about Hillary Clinton should be considered “hate speech.”
In a wide-ranging interview with disgraced former FBI Director James Comey which aired yesterday, Amanpour asked if he wished the FBI could have “shut down” that kind of language.
“Of course ‘lock her up’ was a feature of the 2016 Trump campaign. Do you, in retrospect, wish that people like yourself, the head of the FBI, I mean the people in charge of law and order had shut down that language, that it was dangerous potentially, that it could have created violence, that it was kind of hate speech? Should that have been allowed?”
Comey responded, “That’s not a role for government to play. The beauty of this country is people can say what they want, even if it’s misleading and it’s demagoguery. The people who should have shut it down were Republicans who understand the rule of law and the values that they claim to stand for. Shame on them. But it wasn’t a role for government to play.”