Seems as if President Donald Trump is once again looking at the way other leaders handle their problems to come up with possible solutions for what we need in the United States.
According to a new report by Axios, Trump loves the idea of solving the United States’ drug problem by executing all the drug lords.
A senior official reportedly told Axios that in discussions about America’s drug problem, Trump would often bring up Singapore, which has a mandatory death penalty for those found guilty of drug trafficking.
“He says that a lot. He says, ‘When I ask the prime minister of Singapore do they have a drug problem [the prime minister replies,] ‘No. Death penalty’,” the unnamed official said.
The official also noted, “He often jokes about killing drug dealers… He’ll say, ‘You know the Chinese and Filipinos don’t have a drug problem. They just kill them.’”
But other sources say it isn’t just a joke. At least five different insiders have declared that Trump believes a “soft” approach to drugs is useless and that drug dealers are as bad as serial killers and should all be executed. He reportedly wants to instill the fear of death into them with the message to kids that drugs do lead to death.
White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway tried to spin the message, claiming that Trump was simply pointing out that serial killers are executed for killing people, so why not kill drug dealers responsible for ruining other lives with addiction and other issues?
“There is an appetite among many law enforcement, health professionals and grieving families that we must toughen up our criminal and sentencing statutes to match the new reality of drugs like fentanyl, which are so lethal in such small doses,” she told Axios.
She added, “The President makes a distinction between those that are languishing in prison for low-level drug offenses and the kingpins hauling thousands of lethal doses of fentanyl into communities, that are responsible for many casualties in a single weekend.”
War on drugs or Black people?
Trump has made it clear what he thinks in private conversations, which makes it harder to accept Conway’s version of events. Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been adamant about bringing back the war on drugs by instilling tougher sentencing laws. To be clear, the NAACP states that African Americans are incarcerated five times more than whites and while Blacks and whites use drugs at similar rates, Blacks are imprisoned on drug charges at a rate nearly six times that of whites.