Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president last week. His widely covered speech did raise some interesting criminal justice proposals, particularly with regard to drug crime.
Trump said China's President Xi Jinping had explained to him that in China, “if you get caught dealing drugs, you have an immediate and quick trial. And by the end of the day, you’re executed.” According to Bulwark, Trump said this is why drug dealers sell their poison in America instead of China: “Why should they sell there and risk their lives every time they sell, when they can come to the United States, and nobody even cares?”
The solution, Trump concluded, was to match China’s speed and severity. “That’s the only answer,” he said. “That’s the only way you’re going to solve the problem. And I hope politicians are listening. Because they should do it quickly.”
“We’re going to be asking everyone who sells drugs, gets caught selling drugs, to receive the death penalty for their heinous acts,” said Trump. He didn’t specify drug kingpins or sellers who cause deaths. He said execution would apply to everyone who sells drugs, despite the U.S. Constitution and the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court. This would heighten the "war on drugs" to "war crimes on drugs."
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