On Monday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump once again proved his contempt for the U.S. Constitution when he complained about how the U.S. government is going to pamper and “take care of” the alleged NYC bomber.
The billionaire thought it a shame that the suspect would receive modern medical care:
“Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world. He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room,” Trump said.
The alleged bomber, Ahmad Khan Rahami, was born in Afganistan and later became a naturalized American citizen. Rahami was injured on Monday morning during a shootout with local police, before being apprehended. The FBI stated that he was “directly linked” to the explosive devices that were placed in areas of New York and New Jersey over the weekend.
Trump continued: “And he’ll probably even have room service, knowing the way our country is. And on top of all of that, he will be represented by an outstanding lawyer. His case will go through the various court systems for years and in the end, people will forget and his punishment will not be what it once would have been. What a sad situation.”
The candidate argued that the U.S. should have “speedy, but fair trails,” but also maintain “very harsh punishment.”
Trump also vaguely alluded to authorizing torture, stating that authorities need to use “whatever lawful methods are available to obtain information from the apprehended suspect to get information before it’s no longer timely.”
While speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, New York’s Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo was asked to share his thoughts on Trump’s latest rant. Cuomo responded:
“Welcome to America. We have a system of jurisprudence. You’re innocent until proven guilty. You have a right to counsel. And you have the right to hospitalization if you’re ill.”
Cuomo added, “Let’s not lose ourselves in an effort to protect ourselves. We want to protect America. What is America? It’s the rights that we’ve established.”
He said, “I fear sometimes with this rhetoric that people are suggesting we lose what’s special about us in a way to protect ourselves. And that doesn’t work. It’s not who we are. Let’s preserve the system. Let’s be fair about it. Let’s keep our heads.”
The idea that Trump’s idiotic remarks would even need to be dignified with a response speaks to the damage that his campaign has already cost the country. The only silver lining is that Donald Trump has managed to concentrate everything that’s wrong with the U.S. into his campaign, forcing many Americans to confront the underlying ugliness for the first time in their lives.
However, there is also a danger to Trump’s unrelenting rhetoric, as it’s become almost like a monsoon of anger and hatred that drenches people every day for months on end.
And just like a monsoon, people can become used to it and begin to feel that their environment is normal.
While Hillary Clinton is far from a perfect candidate, November will be the month when America decides between sunny skies or the monsoon.