Speaking Friday to a group of police officers at Suffolk County Community College in New York, President Trump made it clear that he’s a huge fan of police brutality and violence against suspects.
At one point in his speech, Trump told the cops:
“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, and I said, ‘Please don’t be too nice.’
“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?'”
Trump’s remarks were met with applause, as was this line:
“For years and years, [laws have] been made to protect the criminal. Totally protect the criminal, not the officers. You do something wrong, you’re in more jeopardy than they are. These laws are stacked against you. We’re changing those laws.”
Listening to the president’s proto-fascist remarks, it’s painfully clear that either he has never read the U.S. Constitution, or has read it and thinks the judicial system as was set in place by Jefferson and Madison is archaic and should be ignored. Based on what Trump said Friday, we can assume that he would also favor torturing suspects to extract confessions and summary executions of anyone who might have broken the law.
One cannot help but wonder, however, exactly how badly Trump will weep when the authorities come for him with a warrant and handcuffs with his name on them. Will he beg for mercy? Shouldn’t he be shown the same measure of mercy he supports for the rest of us?
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