Here is a link to a Twitter survey that I posted on the Lock Him Up chant:
What do you think of the actions of baseball fans who chanted "Lock him up!" when Trump's presence was announced at the World Series game yesterday?
— Tentative Apologist (@RandalRauser) October 28, 2019
And now for my thoughts: I’ve read several political pundits lamenting the fact that people were chanting #LockHimUp as a further decline in civility. Maybe, but journalists long ago took to calling Trump a liar given his uniquely tenuous relationship with truth.
The lesson: An especially depraved and criminal politician elicits new responses from politicians, journalists, and baseball fans alike. That new response need not itself constitute a decline in civility but rather could be a reasonable response to a decline that is already underway.