Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has been plagued from the beginning with Republicans in varying positions of political power calling for her to be “locked up.”
The Republican National Convention this week has been, if nothing else, a gathering for all the politicians in the country who dislike Clinton to come together and denounce the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Some of the convention attendees have been reveling in the anti-Clinton banter, such as Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi. When asked about the “lock her up” chant that has filled the Quicken Loans Arena, Bondi responded, “Lock her up, I love that!” Other prominent Republicans, though, are getting tired of the overreactions.
Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) posted a tweet Tuesday night expressing his frustration with the constant claims that Hillary Clinton should be arrested.
.@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
While Flake’s tweet is certainly not an expression of support for Clinton, he does make it clear that he is not in line with a large portion of his party on this particular subject.
Flake explained his position further in an essay posted to Medium Wednesday night. He first gave a lengthy explanation for why he does not want Clinton to be president, saying, in part, “Her lengthy record is inconsistent with the principles of limited government and economic freedom that Republicans hold dear, and it begs to be seriously challenged.”
Flake, however, follows up his criticisms of Clinton — and there are many — with the following statement:
‘But one thing is certain, 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. 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.’
Flake has certainly not joined the ranks of Republicans who have chosen to support Clinton over Trump. However, his feelings are vastly different from others in his party.
Recently, two prominent Republicans have come under fire for their violent statements about Clinton. A West Virginia delegate said that she should be “hung on the Mall in Washington,” and a Trump campaign adviser said that she should be “put in the firing line and shot for treason.”
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