So much for those chants of ‘Lock Her Up.’ Donald Trump, once vowing to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate and jail Hillary Clinton, backtracked on that campaign promise. Instead, the president-elect said he’d rather help ‘heal’ his political rival. Really.
The news of Donald, 70, pulling another 180-degrees on a campaign promise came courtesy of his official spokeswoman, Kellyanne Conway, 49, during a Nov. 22 appearance on Morning Joe, per the New York Post. “I think when the President-elect, who’s also the head of your party tells you before he’s even inaugurated that he doesn’t wish to pursue these charges,” she said, “it sends a very strong message, tone, and content.”
First off, Donald can’t pursue “charges,” since none were brought up against Hillary. Secondly, does this mean Donald’s going back on his campaign promise? Remember, he threatened to jail his political rivals during a presidential debate. “If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” he said to Hillary Clinton‘s, 69, face. Kellyanne seemed to brush this off as just harmless “locker room talk.”
“Look, I think, he’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them,” she said. “I think Hillary Clinton still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy, but if Donald Trump can help her heal, then perhaps that’s a good thing.”
In a press conference following Kellyanne’s statement, Donald Trump told the press corp that pressing charges against Hillary would be “divisive for our country.” However, he also added that he was not done investigating the Clinton’s — so we aren’t really sure what that means!
How odd. Donald also said he wouldn’t rule out a special prosecutor during his first interview after the election. Huh. For all those Trump-voters who chanted “Lock Her Up” at his rallies might be disappointed by this news. Yet, one of his biggest supporters is spinning this decision so that it doesn’t look like Donald’s going back on a promise, according to the Huffington Post.
“If the FBI and [Attorney General] pursue Hillary independently, it will be justice,” conservative radio host Bill Mitchell tweeted. “If Trump involves himself, it loses its teeth as a political hit.” So, while Trump won’t personally go after Hillary, it’s okay if his Attorney General (most likely to be Jeff Sessions, 69, the anti-LGBT Alabama senator who was once deemed too racist for a federal judgeship) decides to launch his own investigation.
Just a reminder – the FBI, headed by James Comey, 55, conducted an investigation into Hillary’s private email server. Even though the director said she was “careless” with some classified information, there was no evidence that she broke the law.
Even when James announced they had found more emails (in an investigation surrounding Humana Abedin, 40, and her soon-to-be-ex husband, Anthony Weiner, 52) they ultimately stuck by their original decision to not prosecute Hillary.
What do you think about Donald’s decision, HollywoodLifers?