President Criticized Because He Didn't Call for Dead Man's Execution
On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reporter and MSNBC contributor Eli Stokols (above) ripped into President Trump for not demanding the death penalty for already dead Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. “The unifying thread is sort of the broad politics of Donald Trump, the ethno-centric nationalism. He did not react this way when a white person shot dozens of people in Las Vegas. He did not come and say we need to do an immediate policy change, we need to give this guy the death penalty,” Stokols ranted. He was referring to President Trump’s tweets, in which he called for the Manhattan terrorist to be put to death.
“NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!,” the President tweeted. “Would love to send the NYC terrorist to Guantanamo but statistically that process takes much longer than going through the Federal system……There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!,” he added Thursday morning.
GQ asked why President Trump didn’t demand the death penalty for the Las Vegas mass shooter, but later published the following correction:
“An earlier version of this article used a headline noting that Trump had publicly called for the death penalty in the New York attack, but not the Las Vegas shooting in particular. That discrepancy is probably related to the fact that the Las Vegas shooter is dead. We regret the error.”
Source: Joshua Caplan, The Gateway, November 2, 2017.