President Donald Trump has a thing for writing about the death penalty, as proven by his Twitter account over the years. On Wednesday, November 1, Trump tweeted that Sayfullo Saipov deserved the death penalty, after asking for ISIS flags to be hung in his hospital room in the wake of Saipov allegedly plowing down cyclists and pedestrians in New York. Trump doubled-down on his death penalty wishes on Thursday, November 2, even though political pundits claim that a president tweeting such a public statement could taint a jury’s perspective. Trump tweeted that Saipov should be kept in the U.S. and killed in the U.S. via the death penalty.
These most recent tweets aren’t the only time that President Trump has tweeted about capital punishment, even though some of Trump’s other tweets over the years on the subject occurred prior to Trump winning the presidency. There was the tweet published on April 19, 2013, when Trump called for public execution. President Trump was referring to the public execution punishment he felt was appropriate for the Boston Marathon bombers, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
On October 8, 2012, Trump tweeted once more about the death penalty, that time in relation to “missing chidlren [sic] grabbed by the perverts.” With Trump mentioning “too many incidents” that he felt should be addressed with a “fast trial” followed by the “death penalty,” it isn’t clear exactly which incidents Trump was referring to at that point in time.
However, all Trump’s Twitter talk about the death penalty reminds folks of the $85,000 that Trump spent in 1989 to call for the deaths of five black and Latino men who became known as the “Central Park Five,” as reported by Politico. The group was accused of raping a jogger, but DNA evidence proved them innocent of the crime. Instead of apologizing for calling for their deaths, Trump doubled down and continued to blame the men on Twitter in 2013, calling them “innocent boys” in quotes. Trump wrote he wasn’t concerned about the men, whom he claimed were “brutally mugging people” — never apologizing for wrongly calling for their deaths.
Trump waxed philosophically on April 5, 2013, asking why the death penalty shouldn’t be considered a deterrent.
Trump also called “maniac” movie theater shooter James Holmes, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a guy who deserved a fast trial and a death penalty fate.
Many of the other times that Trump tweeted about the death penalty can be seen below or via Google.
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