Tell Trump: The Death Penalty is not a joke

President Donald Trump

The President of the United States took to the White House Rose Garden today, February 15th, to defend his declaration of a "national emergency" on our southern border. To make things worse, Trump once again worked in the theme of the death penalty as part of an incoherent ramble about stopping the flow of drugs into the United States.

Trump tends to glorify "strongmen" and the style of governing associated with them. When talking about China, Trump joked that they don't have a drug problem because selling drugs in China can carry a death sentence. Trump went as far as to suggest that we should implement the same tactic here to solve our drug epidemic.

An expert on both the death penalty and the results of the current drug crisis, Dr. Jon Groner, concludes that:

"“Death penalty for drug dealers” is a good sound bite, but an expensive and ineffective policy for the most severe epidemic to affect our country in a generation."

No matter your opinion of how we should handle drug dealers in this country, we know that the death penalty would not be effective at curbing drug sales or drug use. Even more clear, we know that the death penalty should not be joked about at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

Trump's words were disgusting. Add your name to tell Trump and his administration: The death penalty is not a joke.

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To: President Donald Trump
From: [Your Name]

No matter your opinion of how we should handle drug dealers in this country, we know that the death penalty would not be effective at curbing drug sales, drug use or related violence. Even more clear, we know that the death penalty should not be joked about at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.

We urge you to stop using the death penalty to push buttons with your base, and instead work to stop violent crime, stop illegal drugs, and support efforts for our country to do better for the families left behind in the wake of violence and drug overdoses.