Lock Them All Up

Partying protesters across from the White House for the ninth night. Twitter photo

In a D.C. speech Tuesday before Nazi-wannabe high schoolers attending conservatives' Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit - Free Markets! Socialism Sucks! - racist evil elf and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recalling his own noble, lonely fight against the forces of integration in Jim Crow Alabama, disparaged universities that "coddle" students, urge them to talk about "feelings," and turn them into "sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes." "After the 2016 election, for example, they held a 'cry-in' at Cornell," he sneered. "I hope they had plenty of tissues for them to cry on...Give me a break." Then, the country's purported top law enforcement officer gigglingly joined in as some bigoted twits chanted "Lock her up!" about a former secretary of state and presidential candidate who hasn't been charged with any crimes. "Lock her up," he chuckled. "This," said one observer, “is the face of fascism."

That night, at the "Kremlin Annex" formerly known as the White House, the faces of democracy turned up on the the ninth night in a row for the "never-ending nights of protest" in Lafayette Park. The protests were initially organized by former Clinton advisor Adam Parkhomenko, who to date has raised over $100,000 to keep them going; the most common donation is $20.18, and the first purchase was a good sound system. Since then, the actions have taken on a giddy, live-streamed life of their own, with an array of nightly features: Conga drums, opera singers, hip hop, rap, a walk of complicity, speakers like Michael Avenatti and members of Congress, an 18-piece Mariachi band - "When they go low, we go mariachi" - and, Tuesday night, a Russian translator named Vlad (really) to help Donald understand what they're saying. People gathered for the first protest the night Trump returned from Helsinki; video showed him lumbering inside as crowds chanted, "Lock him up!" Tuesday night, with the miscreant still at loose and Sessions' cretinous display still fresh, they repeated the call.

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