A historian and professor at CUNY has posted on twitter a strong argument on why the “lock him up” chants directed at Trump during game 5 of the World Series were 100% justified.
The professor laid out his case in a Twitter thread that has been shared over 2,000 times and has been liked by more than 10,000 other Twitter users.
Note to pundits: If you don't understand that "lock him up" was a sardonic reference to the chants at Trump's own rallies, and thus simultaneously an act of collective defiance against his authoritarianism and an expression of schadenfreude at his current predicament, be quiet.
— Actually, Angus Johnston was the monster's name. (@studentactivism) October 28, 2019
He goes on to point out that the people doing the chanting meant what they said, they really do want the President to be “impeached, convicted, removed from office, indicted, tried, and then sentenced to prison.” The reason the historian thinks the people want this outcome is clear: “Trump is engaging in criminal acts” and using the “powers of the presidency to shield himself from justice.”
The thread further explains why the chant at the baseball game was not “authoritarianism” because it is simply calling for “an authoritarian leader to be held to account for his crimes.” However, Trump’s similar chant directed at Hillary Clinton was “egregiously lawless.”
It continues on to call out the “deep rot” that is the Trump administration:
But Trump’s presidency has revealed deep rot and weakness in our democracy. If we survive this, it will be a close thing, and removing him from office is not enough. We will need to repair the damage done—and the damage revealed.
— Actually, Angus Johnston was the monster’s name. (@studentactivism) October 28, 2019
He ends the thread this way:
“Just one last thing: There’s a lot of fear of mass action being expressed today—as if fifty thousand people chanting ‘lock him up’ is somehow illegitimate even if each of those fifty thousand people has legitimate, thoughtful, coherent reason to want to see Trump imprisoned.
“Mass action is essential to the democratic process, and essential to social progress. That’s true now, and it will be true after Trump is gone. To oppose mass action in principle is to deny ordinary people their voice and their power.
“Mass action, like voting and speaking and writing op-eds and donating to political candidates and door-knocking and standing on a street corner wearing a sandwich-board sign, is a tool. It can be used for good or bad ends.
“As a far wiser man than myself once said, those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the roar of its mighty waters.
“What we heard last night was the roar of the ocean.”