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Journalists: Why didn’t Trump call for death penalty of Vegas shooter?



Let’s get this out before it becomes a thing. The United States should never adopt a policy of giving criminals the death penalty if they’re already dead.

The outrage over the President calling for the death penalty for suspected NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov has liberal journalists leaving common sense out of their personal equations while calling out Trump for being a racist. First, GQ posted an article wondering why Stephen Paddock wasn’t given the Saipov treatment by the President. Then Politico’s Eli Stokols made the same gaffe on MSNBC.

Stupid’s in the air. Wear your gas masks.

Further Reading

Question of the day: Why did Trump call for the death penalty for the NYC jihadi but not for the Vegas shooter? clip of Stokols that’s going around, including on Fox News, is 20 seconds long and cuts off right after he mentions the Vegas shooter. Watch the full exchange, though, and you’ll see that he goes on to invoke a more interesting comparison: Why call for death for Saipov but not for the white nationalist who mowed down Heather Heyer in Charlottesville? He’s still alive and he used the same method as Saipov to kill. That’s an apples-to-apples comparison, isn’t it?

The least charitable read on that is, a la Stokols, that Trump is playing white identity politics. The Muslim gets insta-death, the white nationalist gets due process. Slightly (but only slightly) more charitable is the idea that Trump blames both sides, the alt-right and Antifa, for things turning violent in Charlottesville — and he’s not alone in doing so. That’s not apples-to-apples with someone plowing into a group of pedestrians out of the blue in lower Manhattan. If you endorse that approach, though, you’re left arguing that a scumbag gunning his car at a crowd of people and killing one of them isn’t quite first-degree murder, that it’s somehow a logical result of two hostile groups throwing punches at each other. Good luck with that. Especially since, as far as I know, there’s no evidence that Heyer herself was threatening anyone.

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