President Donald Trump declares that he wants the death penalty for drug dealers.
The President praised the efforts of other countries for imposing the death penalty or life in prison for drug dealers on Saturday, and said he wants the same for the U.S. He thinks it’s time for the idea to be considered, at the very least. He added: “I think it’s a discussion we have to start thinking about. I don’t know if we’re ready- I don’t know if this country’s ready for it.”
Trump issued the statement during a campaign rally for Republican congressional candidate Rick Saccone.
To further his argument, Trump drew a comparison between those who get the death penalty for shootings and stabbings of “just one person “compared to the thousands of fatalities of drugs.
Trump said: “Someone can kill 5,000 people with drugs because you are smuggling them in and you’re making a lot of money and people are dying.” He emphasized that those involved in drug dealing go “without serious punishment.”
The President also believes in the urgency of the drug problem, and the even more pressing need to act about it effectively now. He said: “That’s why we have a problem, folks. I don’t think we should play games. 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 families, and we have to do something. We can’t just keep setting up blue-ribbon committees with your wife and your wife and your husband, and they meet and they have a meal and they talk, talk, talk, two hours later, then they write a report.”
For Trump the fight against drugs is part of his “Make America Great Again” campaign pitch and commitment, as he also revealed in the rally his slogan for his reelection bid in 2020- “Keep America Great!”