…if if if there’s evidence to convict him of a crime, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says in the clip below. He’s not promising to jail Trump no matter what — that’s why there’s an asterisk in the headline — but he is making a noteworthy promise here.
Namely, he’s promising not to pardon Trump if the DOJ decides to pursue him for whatever reason after he leaves the presidency.
Has there ever been a presidential ad like that before? There was lots of “lock her up” chanting at Trump rallies in 2016 but I don’t recall any ads in which Trump made Hillary Clinton’s personal freedom a key part of his pitch. Then again, Trump led the Republican field in polling practically from the day he entered the race in 2015. Bullock is polling at, well, asterisk levels. This is the sort of eye-grabbing stunt a candidate in his position is forced to resort to, and which a candidate in Trump’s position could afford to forgo. Which says a lot about the Democratic Party in 2019: On paper, a twice-elected red-state governor like Bullock would be ideal as nominee to appeal to the sort of working-class white voters whom Trump dominated in 2016.