Dem Blasts Trump on ‘Jail’ Line: ‘That’s What Dictators Do’
Sen. Chris Coons blasted Donald Trump on Monday for his line about throwing Hillary Clinton in jail.
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“That’s unbelievable,” Coons said on CNN’s “New Day.”
The Hill reports:
Coons, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he has traveled and worked with countries where threatening to and then jailing a political opponent is “common practice.”
“That’s what dictators do. That’s not what candidates for the presidency in a democracy do,” Coons added.
“And I think this was, in some ways, his most irresponsible moment of the night as he continues to undermine respect for the rule of law.”
Coons also defended Hillary Clinton, saying the director of the FBI decided not to pursue charges over her use of a private email server while secretary of State.
“For him to continue to suggest that somehow this email matter needs to be re-referred to a new special prosecutor and that she should be jailed, as he has repeatedly urged in his rallies, I think undermines respect for the rule of law,” Coons said.
“And is the sort of thing we see in the developing world, not here in the United States.”
During Sunday’s debate, Trump said he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Clinton’s email setup if he wins the presidency.
“It’s good that somebody with the temperament of Donald Trump is not running this country,” Clinton said.
“Because you’d be in jail,” Trump responded.
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