After the NYC terror attack in which 8 people were killed and several more injured, it didn’t take President Donald Trump long to offer his unfiltered commentary on what should happen next.
- Send the suspect to Guantanamo as an enemy combatant
- Give him the death penalty and do it swiftly
I’ll let the president’s wishes speak for himself. Whether I agree or disagree is immaterial. His emotional outburst-driven comments speak for many and he knows it.
The problem with his comments are that they are simply disconnected from the actual process.
As this article points out, immediately after his comments, the suspect was charged with federal terrorism crimes, signaling and intent to prosecute him in the U.S, not Guantanamo. Real grown-ups who decide these things chose to do it differently.
It also points out that Trump broke longstanding tradition of presidents commenting on open criminal cases, and that his comments could give defense attorneys room to argue the suspect can’t get a fair trial. Real grown-ups who have done this job before held their tongues and did things differently.
The disconnect of Trump’s comments from actual on-the-ground action put him in the camp of the Regular Joe on the street who spouts off how he feels without knowing about real process or having any reason to care while the grown-ups in the room make the hard decisions and take real action.
That’s a camp that won him the election. The question is: at what point does the disconnect show his supporters that he’s just another loud mouth on the street?
Jason Griffin (hey, that's me!) is a politically independent blogger and podcaster who is often wrong but insists on writing about politics anyway. If you enjoyed this post, please help support my work by following me on Facebook here.