Sessions was delivering remarks promoting free speech and conservative values at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University.
During his speech, he criticized universities for “coddling” young people and said he could tell that the students in front of him were able to handle political debate and political attacks. “I like this bunch, I gotta tell you. You’re not going to be backing down. Go get ‘em. Go get ‘em,” he said.
At that moment, chants of “Lock her up” began. Sessions, the top law enforcement official in the country, briefly joined in, laughing, before saying: “I heard that a long time over the last campaign,” and then continuing on with his speech.
The chant came about in 2016 as the FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. Then FBI director James Comey concluded Clinton had been “extremely careless” but no charges should be filed.
Sessions was speaking at Turning Point USA’s High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University, where speakers included the United Nations ambassador, Nikki Haley, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and former White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
Sessions’ speech was about justice department efforts to protect free speech on university campuses. He criticized students he said held a “cry-in”, used “therapy dogs” and were offered “Play-Doh and colouring books” after Trump’s victory.
“Rather than molding a generation of mature and well-informed adults,” he said, to cheers, “some schools are doing everything they can to create a generation of sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes. We’re not going to have it!”