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Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' after Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise'

The Hill logo The Hill 19/10/2020 02:17:32 Brooke Seipel
Donald Trump standing in front of a crowd: Rally crowd chants 'lock him up' after Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise' © gettyRally crowd chants 'lock him up' after Trump calls Biden family 'a criminal enterprise'

Supporters at a campaign rally for President Trump chanted "lock him up" about Democratic nominee Joe Biden after Trump attacked the Biden family as "a criminal enterprise."

"They're corrupt people. But Joe Biden is from a failed and corrupt political class," Trump said in Nevada on Sunday before repeating allegations against Biden and his son printed in a controversial story by The New York Post.

Following Trump's comment, the crowd erupted in "lock him up" chants.

The New York Post published several stories about emails allegedly discovered on a laptop at a Delaware repair shop discussing Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden's activities in Ukraine. Social media platforms have blocked the spread of the story, over criticism its sources are suspect.

Federal authorities are currently investigating whether the emails were connected to a foreign intelligence operation attempting to sway the election.

The alleged emails, including one that hinted at an alleged meeting between Joe Biden and Vadym Pozharsky an adviser for the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, where Hunter Biden served on the board. The Biden campaign has maintained the meeting did not occur.

Trump repeated the claims made in the Post story at his rally on Sunday, as he attacked the Biden family.

"Joe he's corrupt. And you know what, they found the laptop. They call it the laptop from hell," Trump later said. "Let's see what happens with it."

The repeat of the "lock him up" chant comes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was the subject of the chant on Saturday. The chant originated in 2016 about former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The chant has rarely erupted about Biden this campaign season. It was once used for Biden at a rally in October of 2019 when Trump's son Eric Trump attacked Biden.

"Maybe 'lock her up' goes to 'lock him up,'" Eric Trump joked at the time before the chant began.

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