Former President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump was mocked online after she chastised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for laughing during an MSNBC interview when asked about the ex-President's latest indictment.
Lara Trump's defense of her family came after a grand jury in Georgia investigating Trump's attempts to overturn the 2020 election result handed up a criminal indictment that was widely expected to result in more charges for the ex-President.
Indeed, Trump and 18 of his associates—including his attorney Rudy Giuliani and former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows—have been charged under Georgia's anti-racketeering law, marking the fourth time Trump has been indicted this year.
But according to Lara Trump, there is "nothing funny" about Clinton's reaction:
"Speaking of Hillary Clinton, wow. Let us never forget... She went into that interview with Rachel Maddow, by the way, laughing. She was laughing about this last night."
“Let me tell you something; there is nothing funny about this.”
You can hear what Lara Trump said in the video below.
Lara Trump's indignation stemmed from Clinton's initial laughter at the beginning of her interview on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program. Both Clinton and Maddow expressed astonishment at the coincidental timing of their scheduled interview, which began just moments after a grand jury indicted Donald Trump in a Georgia election-related case.
During the interview, Clinton emphasized that the indictment—to say nothing of all the other charges Trump faces across three other cases—serves as evidence of the American judicial system functioning effectively.
She nonetheless described the situation as a "terrible moment for our country" due to a former President facing significant credible accusations of criminal activity.
Lara Trump's criticism, however, has prompted observers to reflect on her own threshold for humor, given her past statements and reactions.
Notably, she once stated that her father-in-law was "having fun" at a 2020 rally where his supporters chanted "lock her up" in reference to Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic Governor of Michigan, who mere weeks earlier had been the target of a right-wing militia's failed bid to overthrow the state government.
The "lock her up" chant was a recurring theme during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, directed at Hillary Clinton. Lara Trump's criticism of Clinton's laughter, juxtaposed with her own interpretation of humor in past incidents, has ignited conversations on social media and among commentators.
Many have mocked her reaction as a result.
Trump faces a total of 91 felony charges spread across federal and state-level cases.
These charges encompass his alleged theft of classified documents, his role during the January 6 insurrection, and potential campaign finance violations in regard to a hush money payment made to adult film actor Stormy Daniels.
Clinton, who ran against Trump in the 2016 presidential election, previously voiced concerns about Trump's approach to leadership and democracy during her campaign.
She often criticized him for what she described as dictatorial tendencies and a perceived threat to American democratic values and has been largely vindicated since her 2016 election loss, as Trump's rhetoric and behavior have lived up to her most dire predictions.