Donald Trump has a scary new plan
President Donald Trump has a radical plan to help combat the opioid epidemic in the United States: give the death penalty to drug traffickers.
He made the suggestion during a speech in New Hampshire, on Monday afternoon. The location was not an accident; New Hampshire, in particular, has been hit massively by the opioid epidemic. The state’s overdose rate is twice the national average.
During the speech, Trump said:
We can have all the blue-ribbon committees we want, but if we don’t get tough on drug dealers we’re wasting our time…And that toughness includes the death penalty.
Trump didn’t offer to create a new law. Instead, he wants the Department of Justice to be more aggressive with some of their current laws. Right now, if someone is killed intentionally during a drug deal prosecutors could pursue the death penalty. The death penalty can also pop up with Kingpins who have moved a lot of weight. However, the feds have never tried to pursue the death penalty in this instance.
Watch a piece of Donald Trump’s speech below.