Morning Joe Hosts Say 'Lock Him Up' Chants at Trump During World Series Were 'Sickening': 'We Are Americans and We Do Not Do That'

The hosts of Morning Joe have been hit with blowback on social media after they said the chanting of "lock him up" by baseball fans at President Donald Trump was "un-American."

Responding to events at Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros yesterday, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski said the "lock him up" chants were "sickening" and described the tactic of calling for political opponents to be jailed "fascist."

Donald Trump was in attendance at the Nationals Park stadium in Washington D.C. last night, where baseball fans greeted his appearance on the jumbotron with loud booing and later "lock him up" chants.

Other fans held up a sign reading "Veterans for Impeachment" during the World Series tie, which ended in a 7-1 victory for the Houston Astros—putting them a game ahead as they go into the sixth game on Tuesday night.

Donald Trump at Washington Nationals game
President Donald Trump attends Game Five of the 2019 World Series between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. Will Newton/Getty Images

Speaking on Morning Joe today, Scarborough said: "I speak to the 'lock him up' chants. It's un-American. It started with Donald Trump—in fact he's made it a centerpiece of his campaign rallies."

Brzezinski then interjected, saying: "We find it sickening when it happens at his rallies."

"Of course it's sickening," Scarborough said. "We are Americans and we do not do that. We do not want the world hearing us chant: 'lock him up' to this president or to any president."

He went on to describe the "lock her up" chant used by Trump supporters against 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a "fascist" tactic.

The hosts quickly began trending on Twitter, with many users hitting back at the hosts' criticism of the chanting.

"I disagree with you vehemently, @JoeNBC," said the Democratic Coalition chairman Jon Cooper. "The world NEEDS to hear us chant 'Lock him up' to this particular president."

Helen Kennedy, a former New York Daily News and Boston Herald journalist, tweeted: "It is a most American thing. I felt an unexpected relief that we are still a nation where citizens can openly jeer the president without consequence."

Trump did not stay for the entire game yesterday, CNN reported, and it is not clear whether his early exit was the result of the booing and "lock him up" chants.

The #LockHimUp hashtag is still trending on Twitter this morning, ranking at number three in the U.S.—putting it one spot above the related hashtag #TrumpBooed.

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