MSNBC hosts Ari Melber and Chris Matthews both took a departure from their typical left-leaning coverage and broke with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she suggested that president Donald Trump be put “in prison,” according to Fox News.
According to the report, Pelosi told other senior Democrats that she would like to see the president in prison, and neither of the MSNBC hosts took kindly to her words.
“Is this the Democrats’ version of ‘lock her up?’” Melber asked, adding “there was a judicial, legal, process,” which “did not result in an indictment, whether you like it or not,” the host went on, seeming to refer to the Mueller report.
“The next step would be, does Congress want to deal with it. If the speaker doesn’t want to go that route, she has every right to explain that,” Melber said. “But if she doesn’t want to go that route and then she is making prison-esque, jail-esque references does she risk… getting close to a ‘lock her up’ frame?”
Melber was reframing the president’s campaign rally chant that many which many of his followers asked for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned with the chant, “lock her up.”
Later in the day, Matthews also addressed the issue during “Hardball,” where her compared Pelosi’s comments to “stuff we used to see in Pakistan.”
“Now the Speaker of the House is saying [Trump] ought to be in prison,” Matthews said according to Fox News.
“Imagine that you live in some rinky-dink country out in the world that has always looked up to ours. You know, some fourth-world country, doesn’t even have democracy. And here we have the leader of the opposition, saying the other guy ought to be in prison. This is the stuff we used to see in Pakistan in the old days. Defeat the guy, then hang him.”
Harvard law professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz also took aim at Pelosi:
“I have to tell you, as a liberal Democrat, I’m appalled at Nancy Pelosi,” Dershowitz said according to Fox News.
“The idea of her weaponizing the criminal justice system — and calling for the imprisonment of the president of the United States without him being charged with any crime, without him being charged with any impeachable offense — it’s just outrageous,” Dershowitz said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”