Trump: We don’t need no stinkin’ Bill of Rights!

Trump on the capture of the NYC bombing suspect:

The “bad part” about bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami being captured alive is that now he’ll be treated to “amazing” medical care and an “outstanding” lawyer, Donald Trump said Monday.

After praising the efforts of law enforcement, Trump bemoaned how this “evil thug who planted the bombs” in New York and New Jersey over the weekend is now receiving medical attention after being wounded in a shootout with police earlier in the day.

“But the bad part, now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world,” the GOP nominee told the crowd at a rally in Estero, Florida. “He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room. And he’ll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is.”

Trump added that “on top of all of that, he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer,” saying Rahami’s case would take years to work its way through the criminal justice system until his eventual punishment is diluted. The Sixth Amendment ensures the right to a fair and speedy public trial and the right to a lawyer for all criminal defendants.

“What a sad situation. We must have speedy but fair trials and we must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people,” Trump said, to big cheers from the crowd.

This is not normal.  This is not okay.  Presidential nominees should not be advocating we let suspects bleed out and that they shouldn’t even have lawyers.  Sure, he knows he needs to say that we have “fair trials” but apparently he doesn’t realize that you need to have a lawyer to have a fair trial.  And it’s a small step from arguing we not treat suspects to arguing that we should simply physically torture criminals.  Quite simply, Donald Trump is morally depraved, but nobody even notices anymore.  Sad.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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