At the America First Policy Institute, for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump said to execute a drug dealer would save around 500 lives during a speech Tuesday in Washington D.C.
President Trump was discussing the border problem and how criminals from other countries cross over into the United States and bring violence and drugs.
“Other countries gladly send all of their criminals to the United States through our open border, emptying their jails in the process. We will not allow that to happen. We are familiar with these gangs’ locations, and control of the streets. Even their names are known to us. The cops know who they are. The issue is that they aren’t allowed to do anything about it, and they want to. We need to go in immediately and search every drug den, stash hash, and hiding place for dealers and murderers, as well as gang members, and charge them with any crime we can find,” he added. “The penalty for drug dealers should be “extremely harsh.”
“Countries that don’t have a drug problem, don’t have a drug problem because they execute drug dealers quickly,” said Trump.
“It appears terrible, but that’s the ones without any difficulties. It doesn’t take 15 years in court. It goes quickly, and you save 500 lives by executing a drug dealer since they kill on average 500 people. It’s awful to say but look at every country in the world with no drug problem. They have an extremely strong death penalty for those who deal drugs.”
After that, President Trump said drug dealers should be put to death.
The administration’s First Step Act was a criminal justice reform bill that resulted in the release of thousands of drug traffickers. Within a year of its passage, over 3,100 individuals were released from federal prisons for good conduct. Many were convicted of drug-related crimes, according to Reuters. More than 1,600 prisoners had their sentences shortened as part of the legislation’s aim to reduce the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine offenders.
Mr. Trump also granted a presidential pardon to Alice Marie Johnson, who was imprisoned for her involvement in a cocaine dealing operation.
Donald Trump previously called for the death penalty for drug traffickers, stating in 2018 that it was time to get “tough” on drug traffickers “or we are wasting our time.”
The death penalty is included in this toughness.