Today, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted that Hillary Clinton is "guilty as hell" for having used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, reiterating his intention to see her in jail. "What are Hillary Clinton's people complaining about with respect to the F.B.I. Based on the information they had she should never have been allowed to run - guilty as hell," Trump tweeted today. "They were VERY nice to her. She lost because she campaigned in the wrong states - no enthusiasm!"

Trump famously promised during a debate with Clinton that upon taking office he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Clinton. At Trump’s rallies, the chant "lock her up" became common fare.

Trump referenced FBI Director James Comey, who has come under fire from Democrats who blame Clinton’s defeat on his late-hour announcement that his agency was reviewing its earlier investigation into her use of a private email server while she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

Sean Spicer, who will serve as Trump’s White House press secretary, said that Trump’s tweet today reflected the latter’s sentiments during the campaign but revealed no specific plan to prosecute Clinton. He told the Washington Examiner today that Trump has been consistent in saying that there was a violation of the law in her use of the private email server. It would be up to the attorney general in the Trump administration to charge Clinton in federal court.

Trump hears Democrats' complaints

Trump’s tweets have sparked debate among Democrats and others. On CNN, an article about today’s tweets opined: “Trump had clearly heard some of the complaints from Democrats about the FBI's behavior, so he took aim again at his old foe. He even channeled his old stump lines,” adding that he “swerved in some post-campaign analysis. The article quoted Trump saying that Clinton had spent time in the "wrong states." In Wisconsin, she was a no-show, for instance, while she also lost Michigan -- another Midwestern bastion of labor Democrats.

Also, Michael Dukakis --  who ran unsuccessfully in 1988 against Vice President George H. W. Bush -- said in a radio interview today that Trump should stop using Twitter. “I mean he ought to be ashamed of himself for this kind of stuff, calling her a crook and that kind of nonsense. She's a good person, nothing she did involved breaches of national security,” he said to Rita Cosby of WABC radio. “She was investigated for God knows how long about Libya, and a Republican-dominated committee exonerated her.” Trump has been successful in communicating directly to the public his campaign themes and messages on Twitter, and has shown no sign of stopping since his election. 

Trump should apologize

“You know, it's time for Trump to get off Twitter," said Dukakis, "and start acting like the president of the United States, because he's got a lot of work ahead of him, he's got important decisions to make, and this kind of nonsense really has got to stop," he said. Dukakis added that Trump should apologize to Clinton. "I think Trump owes her an apology for that stuff. But, in any event, I gather they’re going to be at the inauguration, and more power to them. And, I hope he'll reach out to her," Dukakis said.

 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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