Attorney General Jeff Sessions seemed to express some regret for the way he responded to a “lock her up” chant at a speech earlier this week.
High school students at a Turning Point USA event began the chant Tuesday, and Sessions chuckled and said he had heard it often during the 2016 campaign.
“Well, I met I with a group of enthusiastic high school students and they spontaneously broke into that chant. Perhaps should have taken a moment to advise them that … you’re presumed innocent until cases are made,” Sessions said Thursday during a press conference.
AG Sessions on echoing a “lock her up!” chant earlier this week: “I perhaps should have taken a moment to advise them that … you’re presumed innocent until cases are made.” pic.twitter.com/f909WUIC18
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 26, 2018
He told the audience Tuesday he was happy to be among fellow conservatives, especially young ones who won’t back down.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 24, 2018
The chant gained popularity during the 2016 presidential campaign referencing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state in the Obama administration. (RELATED: Jeff Sessions Drawn In By ‘Lock Her Up’ Chant)
Editor’s note: The headline and lede have been corrected to note that Sessions did not participate in the chant.