Monday, May 27, 2019


Because Donald Trump will say anything to get what he wants, and what he wants is to be reelected in 2020, he's now attacking Joe Biden from the left on the 1994 crime bill.

Trump doesn't like the word "superpredator"? Funny, he didn't have a problem with this passage from a book he published in 2000, The America We Deserve:

What else did Trump have to say in that book?

Trump's ghostwriter was trying to soften Trump's image -- it wasn't that many years ago that Trump had taken out a full-page ad in the New York Daily News calling for the death penalty in the case of the Central Park Five (who were later determined to be innocent of the rape, assault, and attempted murder charges on which they were convicted). Trump had had plans to run for president on Ross Perot's ballot line in 2000, and back then he apparently believed it was a bad idea to try to run for president while appearing to be an overt racist.

So he decided to focus a passage in The America We Deserve on the dragging death of James Byrd in Jasper, Texas. Byrd was a black man and his murderers were white supremacists. But this story was used to make the case that not only is capital punishment a swell idea, but lethal injection is too good for murderers:

The racial consciousness is totally fake; the opinions on crime and punishment are real. Trump wanted criminals treated worse than they were treated after the 1994 crime bill passed. He still does.

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