President Trump on Thursday appeared to signal his strongest support to date for executing drug dealers while speaking at a White House opioid summit.
“Most of them don’t go to jail,” Trump said about drug dealers. “If you shoot one person, they give you life, the death penalty. These people can kill 2,000, 3,000 people and nothing happens to them.”
Claiming that “strength” is needed over pointless “blue ribbon committees,” Trump proclaimed that “the answer is to have strength and toughness.”
“Some countries have a very, very tough penalty, the ultimate penalty,” he said. “By the way, they’ve had much less of a drug problem than we do. So we’re going to have to be very strong on penalties.”
Last week, Axios reported that Trump has privately been calling for the death penalty for drug traffickers.
According to Axios:
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’.”
He often jokes about killing drug dealers… He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.’
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.