Trump’s Solution to the Drug War: The Death Penalty

By Vaughn Hoisington | United States

While speaking at a campaign event for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone, a lot of people overlooked Donald Trump’s most surprising statement by focusing on his predictable attacks on the “fake as hell” media, as he called CNN during his speech.

President Trump began his barrage of the illegal drug industry by comparing drug dealers to murderers and expressed his outrage that anyone who kills a single person can face life in prison or even the death penalty, but drug traffickers can “kill 5,000 people with drugs [by] smuggling them in,” and evade punishment that Trump deemed adequate for the crime. He lamented that dealers make “a lot of money [even though] people are dying.”

The United States’ President stated that “we can’t just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees.” After bringing forth the possibility of longer sentencing and the death penalty, Trump said “Now, I never did polling on that—I don’t know if that’s popular, I don’t know if that’s unpopular. … But these people are killing our kids and they’re killing our families, and we have to do something.”

“The only way to solve the drug problem is through toughness. When you catch a drug dealer, you’ve got to put him away for a long time,” stated the President during his speech.

This isn’t the first time Trump has suggested the death penalty as a possible form of punishment for drug dealers.

Although the Trump Administration has not yet embraced this form of punishment that is currently rampant in the Philippines, the Washington Post has reported that policy changes have already been contemplated that would allow prosecutors to seek the death penalty for anyone who distributes narcotics illegally.

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