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By: Parker Williamson

This week’s National Recap looks at the killing of a terrorist leader and chants at a baseball game. 


ISIS leader killed


Sunday morning, President Donald Trump declared that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was dead after a U.S. military raid in northwest Syria over the weekend.


The operation began at 5:01 p.m. ET Saturday and Baghdadi’s death was declared by the special operations forces at 7:15 p.m. ET


According to Trump, U.S. special operations forces mission went after the ISIS leader, and there were no U.S. deaths during the operation. A specific number of casualties was not provided. Trump described the scene as “more dead than alive.” Several ISIS fighters and companions of Baghdadi were killed, including two women wearing suicide vests and three children. Eleven children were moved out of the house and are uninjured.


With the leader of ISIS being eliminated and the recent loss of their last Syrian stronghold, Trump is confident that the world is becoming safer. 


“Lock him up”


When President Donald Trump was displayed on screen during Game 5 of the World Series Sunday evening, he was met with boos and a chant of “Lock him up.” 


Now debate has erupted across social media about whether or not “Lock him up” was an acceptable way to taunt Trump, who is currently under investigation. The chant is a variation of “Lock her up,” which was aimed at Hillary Clinton during Trump events starting in 2016. He was highly criticized for encouraging those chants. 


Some believe that the chant is fully acceptable and Trump deserved the shame. Others think that booing someone is acceptable but that chanting “Lock him up” takes it too far, some noting that everyone deserves a fair trial. As always there are others that say any form of humiliation or disrespect towards the President is unacceptable.


Regardless of everyone’s different beliefs on the acceptability of the chant, many people think that it is a dangerous habit to develop as a society. Some stress that it is important to not follow Trump’s example of calling for political opponents to be imprisoned.