“It’s sad. We’re no better than some of these Third World countries around the world,” he said. “We are literally trying to imprison political opponents. We’re better than this.”
The former president isn’t facing charges for being a political opponent but rather for multiple alleged crimes in multiple cases, including indictments in New York over hush-money payments, in Florida over the mishandling of classified documents and in Washington, D.C., over a conspiracy to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
But Eric Trump’s critics quickly zeroed in on something else: Threatening political opponents with prison has been a central theme of his father’s campaigns since he entered politics in 2015.
Trump’s campaign rally crowds routinely chanted “Lock her up” in regards to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. During a 2016 debate, Trump told her “you’ll be in jail” if he won the election.
And Eric Trump himself led “Lock him up” chants about Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, during a 2019 campaign rally.
Trump’s middle son was given a quick reminder of his own recent history: