February 25, 2018
Prez Trump reportedly "would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America"
The quoted portion of the title of this post comes from this new Axios report by Jonathan Swan headlined "Trump privately talks up executing all big drug dealers." The piece is notable for more than just the death penalty talk, and here are extended excerpts:
In Singapore, the death penalty is mandatory for drug trafficking offenses. And President Trump loves it. He’s been telling friends for months that the country’s policy to execute drug traffickers is the reason its drug consumption rates are so low. "He says that a lot," said a source who's spoken to Trump at length about the subject. "He says, 'When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] 'No. Death penalty'."
But the president doesn't just joke about it. According to five sources who've spoken with Trump about the subject, he often leaps into a passionate speech about how drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all get the death penalty. Trump tells confidants a softer approach to drug reform — the kind where you show sympathy to the offenders and give them more lenient sentences — will never work. He tells friends and associates the government has got to teach children that they'll die if they take drugs and they've got to make drug dealers fear for their lives.
Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America, though he's privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.
Kellyanne Conway, who leads the White House's anti-drug efforts, argues Trump's position is more nuanced, saying the president is talking about high-volume dealers who are killing thousands of people. The point he's making, she says, is that some states execute criminals for killing one person but a dealer who brings a tiny quantity of fentanyl into a community can cause mass death in just one weekend, often with impunity.
Trump may back legislation requiring a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for traffickers who deal as little as two grams of fentanyl. Currently, you have to deal forty grams to trigger the mandatory five-year sentence. (The DEA estimates that as little as two milligrams is enough to kill people.)...
Conway told me this kind of policy would have widespread support. “There is an appetite among many law enforcement, health professionals and grieving families that we must toughen up our criminal and sentencing statutes to match the new reality of drugs like fentanyl, which are so lethal in such small doses,” she said. "The president makes a distinction between those that are languishing in prison for low-level drug offenses and the kingpins hauling thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into communities, that are responsible for many casualties in a single weekend."
Trump wants to get tough on drug traffickers and pharmaceutical companies. Stay tuned for policy announcements in the not-too-distant future. Trump and some of his advisers are discussing whether they might adopt other aspects of Singapore's "zero tolerance" drug policies, like bringing more anti-drug education into schools.
Notably, Section 109 of the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017 that just recently passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee includes a five-year mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment for dealing fentanyl. So the report that "Trump may back legislation requiring a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for traffickers who deal as little as two grams of fentanyl" may be a reference to this provision of the SRCA or it might be a reference to another piece of proposed legislation. Either way, it would seem that Prez Trump is now inclined to embrace a punitive mind-set for dealing with the nation's drug problems (though, as this old press story reveals, he once previously said "you have to legalize drugs to win that war ... to take the profit away from these drug czars.")
February 25, 2018 at 09:15 PM | Permalink
I may not call Trump a weak leader and NYC lib anymore. He may go full Duterte. If any prosecutor goes after the assassin of a dealer, cut off all federal funds to the state, not just criminal justice funds, all federal funds, including social security payments.
Then, investigate the prosecutors. Do full e-discovery on all their devices. See if they are getting campaign contributions from shell companies owned by drug cartels. Send drones to foreign lands, and kill all their kingpins.
All you lawyers are going to lose your clients, that includes the failed prosecutors, the defense lawyer, and the pro-criminal, drug dealer coddling awful judges on the bench. Fire the lot. They are traitors to our country always protecting, privileging and empowering vicious predators.
Posted by: David Behar | Feb 26, 2018 1:30:42 AM
This is in England. In the US, the Supreme Court would be issuing a poop injunction to stop the guards from watching the drug dealer.
Posted by: David Behar | Feb 26, 2018 2:21:54 AM