Trump’s Response to Bombing Suspect’s Capture Should Disqualify His Candidacy

As I’m sure everyone reading this knows, on Saturday evening a bomb exploded in a dumpster in New York City. One suspect was taken into custody following a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey. The suspect has since been charged with five counts of attempted murder of law enforcement officers, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.

Following the shootout, the suspect was captured alive and taken to a local area hospital for treatment. That’s typically good news considering many of these animals want to die as some sort of martyr and now he can be interrogated to hopefully find out what, if any, links he might have had to legitimate terrorist groups and if he was working alone. Even when faced with evil, we’re supposed to treat human beings with some semblance of humanity as an advanced nation — even when we really don’t want to. We won’t stoop to the level of those we claim to oppose, because part of what makes the United States one of the greatest nations on Earth is the fact that we don’t behave like our enemies.

At least that’s how it’s supposed to be.

If you’re Donald Trump, apparently you feel as if this suspected terrorist (and naturalized American citizen with Constitutional rights, by the way) should be denied medical care, and his right to fair trial, because, well — who cares about the Constitution, I guess.

Here’s what Trump said during a speech on Monday:

“But the bad part, now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world,” Trump said. “He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room. And he’ll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is.”

He also complained that, “On top of all of that, he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer.”

“What a sad situation. We must have speedy but fair trials and we must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people,” he added.

In other words, Trump is very upset that a naturalized American citizen is going to be granted his Sixth Amendment rights.

Furthermore, what does he mean by “these people”? Muslims? Terrorists? Immigrants?

While the suspect wasn’t born here, he is a naturalized American citizen, which means he has rights. That’s not because of anything President Obama or Hillary Clinton did — it’s called the Constitution. The policies for becoming a naturalized citizen were put in place long before Barack Obama was elected.

So, when Trump says “these people,” I’m going to assume he means terrorists, because anything else would be incredibly racist and/or bigoted. Though this is Trump we’re talking about, so that wouldn’t surprise me.

However, if he meant “terrorists,” then the presidential candidate for the Republican party just openly complained that an American citizen is being given his Sixth Amendment Constitutional right to due process where all suspects are innocent until proven guilty.

I’m sorry, but his comments on Monday should completely disqualify him from being president.

If you want to debate subjective parts of our Constitution, that’s fine. There are plenty of parts that can be interpreted in different ways. However, our Sixth Amendment isn’t one of them. And whether Trump and his supporters like it or not, this terror suspect is an American citizen, which means he has rights.

I think it’s safe to say that everyone is disgusted by this scumbag who allegedly set off this explosion. So spare me this nonsense from those who I’m sure are going to claim that anyone who defends this suspect’s Constitutional rights is “pro-terrorist” — because that’s ridiculous.

I didn’t see too many people claiming that the people involved in the Oklahoma city bombing, the Aurora mass shooter, the Planned Parenthood mass shooter or the racist who slaughtered nine African Americans in South Carolina shouldn’t be given a fair trial. Just because someone commits a heinous act of violence doesn’t mean they lose their Sixth Amendment rights.

And like it or not, this suspect is an American citizen. So you either support the Constitution or you don’t — but you can’t pick and choose who should or shouldn’t be given the rights their owed.

It’s no wonder Trump idolizes Vladimir Putin and has praised the “strength” of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. It is abundantly clear that Trump admires authoritarian-style dictators who rule with an iron fist. Leaders who can say or do whatever they want without really having to answer to anyone. He doesn’t want to be president — he wants to be a dictator. Someone who can try to silence the press; personally go after his political enemies; and violate the Constitutional rights of anyone who he feels shouldn’t have them.

While he’s said and done worse things during his campaign, what Donald Trump stated on Monday should terrify everyone. To Trump, all of our Constitutional rights are subjective if he doesn’t believe we should have them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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