On Saturday, during an hour-long rambling speech in Pennsylvania, Trump again proposed executing drug dealers.
The inspiration for executing drug dealers? Trump says he’s been inspired by China, where they treat drug dealers more harshly than murderers. In the past, he has also cited the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte as effectively dealing with drug dealers by killing them.
Last week, at a summit on the opioid crisis, Trump said, “Some countries have a very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty, and they have much less of a drug problem than we do.”
The death penalty in the U.S. is reserved for the most heinous murders. Trump’s rationale for executing drug dealers is that a drug dealer can kill (indirectly) thousands of people in their lifetime. However, the left is pointing out that there is no push to execute white collar criminals responsible for multiple deaths. For instance, when Bernie Madoff stole from thousands, at least 4 suicides were directly linked to the crime.
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Others have pointed out that there are about 55k annual workplace deaths that are due to employer negligence. That’s almost the same amount of deaths attributed to the opioid crisis. There’s no push to execute negligent employers.
There is, of course, a double standard here. America tends to go after the lower socioeconomic classes more than the top. Trump wouldn’t find support from his rich friends in advocating the death penalty for white collar killers. Drug dealers are an easy target to rally around.
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