President Trump prompted a rally chant of “lock her up” aimed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night after the president accused her of “mumbling” behind him during his State of the Union address.
“I had somebody behind me who was mumbling terribly. Mumbling,” Trump said, mocking Pelosi. “Very distracting.”
The crowd of thousands in Manchester responded by chanting “lock her up,” including children in attendance.
Trump stood at the podium nodding his head approvingly and mouthed the words “that’s true.”
“No, it was very distracting,” he added. “I’m speaking, and a woman is mumbling terribly behind me, angry.”
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Trump’s crowds began chanting “lock her up” about 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and often use the refrain when Trump mentions her at his rallies.
The Hill notes that “Monday marked one of the first times it was directed at Pelosi.”