CNN’s Van Jones rips President Trump’s death penalty proposal as ‘divisive’ and ‘stupid.’
Monday on CNN’s “Newsroom,” host Van Jones ripped President Donald Trump’s proposal to use the death penalty for some drug dealers saying it was ”a complete non-starter and it’s divisive and it’s stupid.”
Jones started out saying that he was encouraged by some of what the president proposed to fight the opioid epidemic, but said people he’s talked to are saying drug dealers need more help, compassion and education.
“Sometimes they say they need better Bible studies. That would be higher on the list than death penalty for drug dealers,” Jones said.
“I met with sheriffs, I met with pastors, nobody is saying what we really need is the death penalty for drug dealers, what we really need is tougher sentences. I don’t know where he’s getting that stuff. That is — that is 180 degrees from what the people on the ground are saying.
They’re saying people need more help, more compassion, more education. Sometimes they say they need more — better Bible studies. That would be higher on the list than the death penalty for drug dealers. And that’s the kind of stuff that becomes a poison pill for people who are on the ground and know what’s going on and people who understand the drug war is a failure and it’s going to stop us from working together.
If he would take that crap out and focus on what the people on the front lines, they need more beds, they need more help, they need more hope, they need more jobs. Like I said, they need more Bible study. All that’s on the list.
This death penalty thing is a complete non-starter and it’s divisive and it’s stupid. I think it’s an offense to the people who are really trying to solve this problem.”
President Trump’s plan to seek stiffer penalties for high-volume drug traffickers includes a mandate to the Department of Justice to seek the death penalty when appropriate under current law.
A Justice Department official wrote in an email that “under current law, the federal death penalty is available for several limited drug-related offenses,” The Hills reported.