Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” of corrupt politicians if elected and frequently rallied supporters at this rallies with cries of “lock her up.” During the second presidential debate, Trump even suggested that, if he were president, Hillary Clinton “would be in jail.”
It would appear the swamp has emerged victorious. Senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said Tuesday that Trump “doesn’t wish to pursue these charges” against Clinton, who was investigated by the FBI for operating a private email server as secretary of state, but cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. The FBI was reportedly also investigating corruptions allegations against the Clinton Foundation, an alleged charity.
Conway, during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, seemingly admitted that Trump was breaking a promise dear to the hearts of his strongest supporters during the campaign.
“He’s thinking of many different things as he prepares to become the president of the United States, and things that sound like the campaign are not among them,” said Conway, who added that Hillary “still has to face the fact that a majority of Americans don’t find her to be honest or trustworthy.”
Trump’s decision not to pursue charge against Clinton would “help her heal,” Conway said.
BREAKING: Donald Trump will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton https://t.co/DwEyBW1qwr
— New York Post (@nypost) November 22, 2016
Some Trump supporters were not pleased that Trump was signaling a change of heart when it comes to prosecuting Crooked Hillary.
Someone's not happy pic.twitter.com/N3Sg1Wyj33
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) November 22, 2016
— Peebs Yo! (@PeebsY0) November 22, 2016
@thehill There is enough info already confirmed by FBI. She released Top Secret material to the world. It's a crime. Charge her.
— Bill Wright (@WrightDumark) November 22, 2016
@nypost That is wrong. What happened to him? Not what he said. They are corrupt and won't stop now. Bad idea.
— Donna Madora (@DMMadora) November 22, 2016
— casker leekski (@BOOBALAS6) November 22, 2016
@thehill To bad, he should show the world how corrupt she is. Now the door is open for other politicians to scam. Clintons will be back.
— Daniel Burdge (@daniel_burdge) November 22, 2016
Others seemed pleased that Trump was acting presidential and “above the fray.”
@nypost He's above the fray. Benevolent Don making an appearance
— Deplorable_AF (@WeLuvTrumpstyle) November 22, 2016
Some Trump fans thought Conway’s comments were a clever ruse, perhaps to prevent President Obama from pardoning Hillary before he leaves office. Then, with Obama out of the way, President Trump could take more aggressive step to “lock her up.”
Conway’s remarks were meaningless anyway, they argued, because technically speaking, Trump could not personally pursue charges against Clinton — only the FBI and Department of Justice can.
— DPS782 (@dps782) November 22, 2016
@nypost FBI will. Clintons' must be brought to justice.
— Mirka (@M_Sighil) November 22, 2016
@thehill head fake to stop an Obama pardon? Also, he may know more of Hillary's failing health than is public.
— Damon Earl Warren (@DamonEarl) November 22, 2016
— Jesse (@Titanium_Head1) November 22, 2016
(Note: Obama has not already pardoned Hillary Clinton.)
The decision not to pursue charges against Hillary was also hailed as a “brilliant” move to deny Hillary the spotlight she craves.
@nypost of course he won't! Let her die in misery.. She wants the spotlight.. Brilliant move..
— Michael Zynczenko (@zynchin) November 22, 2016
TAKE THE POLL