During Sunday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump couldn’t resist telling Hillary Clinton she’d “be in jail” if he ever becomes president. Jailing political opponents, as many were quick to point out, is behavior more closely associated with cruel dictators in countries like North Korea. But, according to Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, his line was merely a quip.
On Monday morning, MSNBC’s Willie Geist spoke with Conway about her candidate’s debate performance. “Trump announced during the debate last night that he would appoint a special prosecutor if he were elected president to look into Hillary Clinton and her emails, and in an off-hand moment, he said she’d be in jail if he became president,” he said. “Does he stand by that this morning? That Hillary Clinton would be in jail if he were president?”
“That was a quip,” Conway replied, stating that NBC itself had been referring to it as such. “I’ll go with NBC,” she said with a smile.
In response to Trump’s debate comments, the Clinton campaign said: “Threatening to put your political opponents in prison is something that happens in dictatorships, not democracies. But perhaps that explains why Trump has spent much of the past year complimenting some of the world’s most brutal dictators — and, along with his running mate, suggesting that Putin is a better leader than our president.”