Bob Handy remembers what Republicans and then-candidate Donald Trump said about Democrat Hillary Clinton before last year’s presidential election.
“They chanted ‘Lock her up!’ ” Handy said. “I think it’s time we say ‘lock him up.’ Impeaching him is one thing, but I think he should be in jail.”
Handy, of Santa Barbara, reflected the vast majority of his 3,000 or so fellow delegates and guests at the California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento. With Trump embroiled in inquiries about his campaign’s ties to Russia and his firing of FBI Director James Comey, they’re out for blood.
Los Angeles Democrat Michael Kapp, the state’s youngest member of the Democratic National Committee, drafted a resolution at the convention calling for further investigation into Trump’s business ties, and possible impeachment.
“Donald Trump has been in violation of the Constitution from the moment he took the oath of office,” Kapp said, pointing to alleged violations of the emoluments clause, which prevents federal officials from taking payments from foreign governments.
But most in the state party’s leadership have been mum or opposed to his possible removal, concerned such appeals could trivialize an anti-Trump message in next year’s elections. The dynamics were further muddled with the appointment of a special counsel to probe Russia’s involvement in the presidential election.
John Burton, the outgoing California Democratic Party chairman, said reviling Trump isn’t enough to meet the standard of high crimes and misdemeanors.