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Democratic senator criticizes World Series crowd booing Trump: 'The office of the president deserves respect'

Sen. Christopher CoonsChris Andrew CoonsOvernight Health Care: Moderna to apply for emergency use authorization for COVID-19 vaccine candidate | Hospitals brace for COVID-19 surge | US more than doubles highest number of monthly COVID-19 cases Bipartisan Senate group holding coronavirus relief talks amid stalemate Democrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus MORE (D-Del.) on Monday criticized the crowd at Game 5 of the World Series, played Sunday in Washington, for booing President Trump and chanting "lock him up."

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"Well, forgive me, I’m enough of a sort of traditionalist about our institutions that even at a time when there is a lot that our president does that I find disturbing, offensive, unconventional, I have a hard time with the idea of a crowd on a globally televised sporting event chanting 'lock him up' about our president," Coons said in an appearance on CNN's "New Day."

"I frankly think the office of the president deserves respect, even when the actions of our president don’t," Coons added.

 

The boos and chants came as Trump appeared on the scoreboard at Nationals Park.

He was sitting with a handful of congressional Republicans. 

The "lock him up" chant is a play on the "lock her up" chant that was frequently heard at Trump rallies during his 2016 campaign in reference to his then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden budget pick sparks battle with GOP Senate Katko fends off Democratic opponent in New York race Harris County GOP chairman who made racist Facebook post resigns MORE.

Coons said he hopes the "lock him up" chants don't continue at Democratic rallies or at the party's convention. 

"I think that's one of the most regrettable, even at times despicable, actions by candidate Trump when he was running for president in 2016," Coons said, of the chants.

"It reminds me of things that happen in countries where rule of law is unknown or unestablished and sort of whipping up public furor on both sides I don't think is constructive or helpful." 

Although Coons said he didn't support the chants and boos, he said he understands why "crowds in Washington would feel a lot of animus toward our president," given Trump's actions. 

"Frankly, that's why I think those of us in the Senate need to approach the impeachment process seriously, in a measured and responsible way, because our very institutions, our Constitution, is at risk," Coons said.