President Trump got some surprising support from a Democrat senator who condemned the World Series crowd that booed him and chanted “lock him up.”
Although Sen. Christopher Coons took a shot at Trump himself, he called out those who did not show “respect” for the office of the president on Sunday, telling CNN’s John Berman that he is “a sort of traditionalist” about American institutions.
(Video: Twitter/John Berman)
The Delaware Democrat was reacting to Sunday’s World Series Game 5 at Nationals Park which was attended by the president and first lady Melania Trump. Some in the crowd booed when the Trumps appeared on the stadium’s jumbotron screen and chants of “lock him up” were heard in other parts of the venue.
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“Well, forgive me,” Coons said in an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
“I’m enough of a sort of traditionalist about our institutions that even at a time when there is a lot that our president does that I find disturbing, offensive, unconventional, I have a hard time with the idea of a crowd on a globally televised sporting event chanting ‘lock him up’ about our president,” he said.
“I frankly think the office of the president deserves respect, even when the actions of our president don’t,” the Democrat lawmaker added.
The president and first lady sat in a private box with some Republican lawmakers after arriving during the first inning. Trump declined to throw out the first pitch because he reportedly did not want to affect the experience for the game’s fans.
“I certainly hope we won’t hear ‘lock him up’ chants at Democratic rallies or at our convention,” Coons told CNN’s Berman, speaking about next year’s planned Democratic National Convention.
“I think that’s one of the most regrettable, even at times despicable, actions by candidate Trump when he was running for president in 2016,” he added. “It reminds me of things that happen in countries where rule of law is unknown or unestablished and sort of whipping up public furor on both sides I don’t think is constructive or helpful.”
But the Democrat noted that he understood why “crowds in Washington would feel a lot of animus towards our president given a lot of the things that he’s done.”
“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 these sorts of, these passions that have been unleashed by the politics of our [leaders],” Coons said.
The Delaware lawmaker was also critical of the president on the issue of respect when he told Berman he thought Trump had disrespected House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats when he did not inform them of the impending military raid over the weekend that lead to the death of the leader of ISIS.
“There is a long tradition of the president notifying leaders in Congress of both parties when there’s a sensitive operation underway,” Coons said. “But to disrespect the speaker of the House, who is in the direct line of succession to the president, and to not inform bipartisan leaders in Congress, to only inform a few Republicans, I think was just one more important norm of cooperation shattered by this president.”
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