Sessions laughs along as students chant 'lock her up'

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDo people think ill of Jeff Sessions merely based on the sound of his voice? Appeals court rules Trump administration can withhold grants from 'sanctuary cities' GOP casts Sanders as 2020 boogeyman MORE on Tuesday chuckled along as a group of high school students he spoke to chanted "lock her up."

The chant, a reference among President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's supporters to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE, began after Sessions lamented the spread of “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” on college campuses around the country during remarks at Turning Point USA's High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of high school students were in attendance.

Sessions reacted with approval after the crowd jeered examples of schools that have offered therapy dogs and coloring books to help students cope with stress.

“I like this bunch,” Sessions said. “You’re not going to be backing down. Go get ‘em.”

A few calls of “lock her up” then expanded into a room-wide chant, prompting chuckles from Sessions.

“Lock her up,” he repeated into the microphone. "I heard that a long time over the last campaign."

He then continued with his prepared remarks, in which he claimed some schools are trying to cultivate “a generation of …  supercilious snowflakes.” Sessions's prepared remarks did not mention Clinton by name.

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Trump supporters frequently called for Clinton to be jailed during the 2016 campaign. The chant has continued to surface whenever the president mentions Clinton during campaign rallies since he's taken office.

The president has repeatedly questioned why the Justice Department is not investigating his 2016 campaign opponent. Last week, when asked during a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin whether he believed Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Trump asked what happened to Clinton's deleted emails.

A faction of conservative lawmakers has pressed Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate Clinton. He has thus far declined to do so.

Trump has publicly criticized Sessions on multiple occasions, and said he would not have picked the former senator for attorney general if he'd known Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation.

--Updated at 10:57 a.m.