At his Donald Trump's first rally since winning the election, hundreds in a Cincinnati crowd chanted "Lock her up!" while they waited for the President-elect to take the stage.
Trump was initially scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. but did not take the stage until after 7:45 that evening, as the crowd slowly filled up the arena – which the Trump team said was due to street closures in the area, reports Politico. While waiting for the winning candidate to speak, the crowd began shouting the anti-Hillary Clinton phrase that was popular during the campaign in addition to "Drain the Swamp" and "USA!"
Trump's appearance marked the opening of his "thank you" tour through the Rust Belt and states that flipped for him, where he is holding rallies in an effort to energize and engage white working class voters and others who showed up in droves for him on Election Day.
Despite the crowd's enthusiasm toward prosecuting Clinton, Trump has said since winning the presidency that pursuing charges against the former secretary of state for her use of a private email server is "just not something that [he feels] strongly about" and not something he expects his supporters to prioritize, notes the Hill.
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"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump said during a meeting with the New York Times, according to the Hill. "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."
During his presidential bid, Trump said that he would have a special prosecutor investigate Clinton and remarked in a debate that he would have her jailed should he win the election.
According to his former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, Trump is trying to "help her heal," and the fact that many Americans consider her dishonest and untrustworthy is punishment enough for her actions.
"I think when the President-elect, who's also the head of your party, tells you before he's even inaugurated that he doesn't wish to pursue these charges, it sends a very strong message, tone, and content" to other Republicans, Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Nov. 22, according to the Hill.