- A group of Pro-Trump demonstrators showed up outside of Attorney General William Bar’s Virginia home, demanding he investigate and prosecute Trump’s opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
- Barr went outside and met with the demonstrators, explained his role in any investigation, shook their hands, and took photographs with them, according to Associated Press reporter Mike Balsamo.
- The president’s supporter have long called for his political opponents to be jailed, popularizing the phrase “Lock Her Up!” against then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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Supporters of President Donald Trump showed up outside the home of Trump’s Attorney General William Barr to demand he do more to investigate and prosecute Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
According to a report from USA Today, about a dozen men showed up outside Barr’s home in the Washington, DC, suburb of McLean, Virginia on Saturday evening. The men were wearing clothing with pro-Trump and anti-Biden messages, like shirts that said “Biden Lies Matter,” “Equal Justice Is Coming,” and “Crooked Hillary for Prison.”
Others in the crowd wielded flags in support of the president’s election, photos posted to social media show.
The demonstrators called on Barr to “lock up” Biden, according to USA Today. The president’s supporters since 2016 have often called for Trump’s political adversaries to be jailed, most notably using the phrase “Lock Her Up!” against his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton. As USA Today noted, the call had recently been revived by supporters of Trump against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, after the FBI stopped a plot to kidnap her.
According to a tweet from Associated Press reporter Mike Balsamo, Barr greeted and chatted with the protesters and “shook hands and posed for photos with them,” also using the opportunity to broadly explain the DOJ’s role in such investigations.
—Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) October 31, 2020
Trump has frequently attempted to accuse Biden of corruption, despite offering scant evidence to back up any such claims. Trump and his llies have focused on Hunter Biden, the former vice president’s son, whom they say acted inappropriately during business dealings in the Ukraine.
The accusations were central to impeachment proceedings Trump faced last year, which stemmed from the US president asking the Ukrainian president to investigate the younger Biden. Most recently, Trump and his campaign have narrowed in on leaked messages from a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, released in a report from New York Post. The story, however, has been criticized for its sourcing and its connection to Rudy Guiliani, the president’s personal lawyer who has long been focused on obtaining dirt on the Bidens.