Asked if she felt threatened by the Republican National Convention crowd’s repeated chants to “lock her up,” Hillary Clinton said the refrain instead left her feeling pretty down.
“It felt very sad, Scott,” Clinton told CBS’ “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley on Sunday. “I mean—I don’t know what their convention was about, other than criticizing me. I seem to be the only unifying theme that they had.”
“There was no positive agenda,” she continued. “It was a very dark, divisive campaign. And the people who were speaking were painting a picture of our country that I did not recognize. You know, negative, scapegoating, fear, bigotry, smears. I just was so—I was saddened by it.”
Though the chants were led by delegates on the floor, they were egged on by speakers including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Clinton’s running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), interjected in the “60 Minutes” interview to call the chant “ridiculous.” Kaine pointed out that FBI Director James Comey concluded a year-long investigation by announcing that Clinton should not be prosecuted for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Clinton admitted that she made a “mistake” by using the private server to conduct business.
“That is one lesson I have learned the hard way, and there will not be any such thing in the White House,” she said.