Donald Trump says ‘Locking Up’ Hillary Clinton would ‘have been a terrible thing’

 June 3, 2024

In an interview that was broadcast on Fox News on Sunday, the presumed Republican presidential nominee for the year 2024, Donald Trump, stated that the prosecution of Hillary Clinton would have been "a terrible thing," according to The Daily Caller.

During the first sit-down interview that Trump has had since a jury of twelve New Yorkers in Manhattan convicted him on all 34 counts in his case involving fabricated company records on Thursday, the former president was questioned by the co-hosts of "Fox and Friends Weekend," Will Cain, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Pete Hegseth.

Trump has distanced himself from calls for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton, the lost Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, and has provided an explanation as to why he has refrained from doing so.

The Question At Hand

“You famously said regarding Hillary Clinton, ‘Lock her up.’ You declined to do that as president,” Cain said.

Trump responded, saying “I beat her. It’s easier when you win. And I felt — and I could have done it. But I felt it would have been a terrible thing."

“And then this happened to me. And so, I may feel differently about it. I can’t tell you I can, I’m not sure I can answer the question.”

“Hillary Clinton — I didn’t say ‘lock her up,’ but the people would all say, ‘lock her up, lock her up.’ Then we won,” the Republican candidate continued.

“And I say, and I’ve said pretty openly, I’d say, ‘alright, come on, just relax. Let’s go, we gotta make our country great.’ And it would have been, think of it, you lock up the wife of a president of the United States….”

Drilling Down

Campos-Duffy interjected, saying “If they were to lock you up over $130,000, an accounting thing, and she actually did—”

Trump went on, saying “And a perfectly stated accounting thing. But, you know, people also say, ‘Can you bring the country together?’ And the answer is yes. Success will bring the country together because I had it together. Before the China virus came in, I had it together.

"We really had it together. And, and it would have stayed. I think it would have stayed. Everybody was, everybody was doing better. The country was doing better than it had ever done, and we’re going back to same policies and then some.”

Clinton's Comments

On Morning Joe, Clinton made the claim that Trump's payment of $130,000 to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels was a sort of "election interference." This claim was made throughout Trump's trial in Manhattan.

The Democratic candidate, despite this, was implicated in her own unreported contributions that were made in an apparent effort to influence the election that took place in 2016.

As a result of failing to disclose that the now-debunked Steele dossier was sponsored through the law firm of Perkins Coie, the Clinton campaign for the 2016 election and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) were both had to pay a fine of $113,000.

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