Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) on Monday blasted the crowd at Nationals Park for shouting “lock him up” at President Donald Trump.
“I have a hard time with the idea of a crowd on a globally televised sporting event chanting ‘lock him up’ about our president,” Coons said on CNN’s New Day. “I frankly think the office of president deserves respect, even when the actions of our president, at times, don’t.”
Coons added that he didn’t think furor from Republicans or Democrats was “constructive or helpful” and warned Democrats against adopting chants similar to the ones Trump supporters popularized in 2016.
“I understand why crowds in Washington would feel a lot of animus towards our president, given a lot of things that he has done,” Coons said. “But frankly, that’s why I think those of us in the Senate need to approach the impeachment process seriously, in a measured and responsible way, because our very institutions, our Constitution is at risk by the passions that have been unleashed by the politics at the moment.”
Trump was attending game five of the World Series. Before the game, he chose not to throw out the first pitch “in order to make the fan experience as positive as possible,” according to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred.
Nic Rowan is media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. His work has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, First Things, and The New Criterion. Follow him on Twitter @NicXTempore.