CPAC Chants ‘Lock Her Up’ After Ben Shapiro Invokes Hillary Clinton

Chant remains alive and well with GOP diehards

In a bit of Thursday #TBT, the audience in the main hall of CPAC 2018 broke into chants of “lock her up” after a speaker invoked the name of Hillary Clinton.

That speaker, Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, said of all Donald Trump’s accomplishments since becoming president, his blocking Clinton from the White House was his greatest achievement.

“President Trump brought us one really fantastic thing, Hillary Clinton is not and will never be president of the United States,” he said.

The line was met with thunderous applause that eventually morphed into lock her up. Shapiro, seemingly a bit taken by surprise offered an awkward ad-lib: “Why bother [locking her up]. She’s already in a jail of her own making in upstate New York.”

Much of the rest of his remarks focused on conservative boilerplate about campus reform, free speech and political correctness. In one of the speech’s more eyebrow-raising moments, Shapiro went after conservatives who carried water for President Trump’s falsehoods.

“Theres nothing wrong with poking fun at the left just make sure what you say is backed up by evidence,” he said. “It means when people on our own side lie we need to tell the truth.”

Before his remarks, Shapiro was seen mingling with fans at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Reports in recent days have suggested his website Daily Wire was in talks to purchase Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, though Shapiro declined to answer questions about the matter when asked by TheWrap.