Donald Trump found a new target for a “lock her up”—and yes, it’s still “her.” He and his followers directed the chant not at longtime target Hillary Clinton but at Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) at an Iowa rally Tuesday night.
Trump’s accusation that Feinstein leaked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault prompted the descent into “lock her up,” with Trump saying that Feinstein “100 percent” leaked the letter, only to backtrack, bully-style: “I don’t want to get sued, so 99 percent.” Feinstein has denied that she leaked the letter and the reporter who initially reported on Ford’s allegations has said the information didn’t come from Feinstein or her office. But of course Trump wants a villain and he wants it to be a woman. His supporters will still happily chant “lock her up” about Hillary Clinton—they’ve done so in recent weeks, despite the ongoing lack of any reason to lock Clinton up—but they’re happy to direct the attack at another woman.
Mind you, Trump’s former campaign chair and personal lawyer and national security adviser have pleaded guilty to crimes and two of his big congressional supporters—all men—are under indictment, but somehow it’s always “lock her up.” Even Trump’s male political opponents don’t come in for this treatment like the women do. How mysterious.