White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders flatly denied what Donald Trump had said just hours earlier. Perhaps she doesn’t realize that when the former reality show star gives a presser and talks, the rest of us can hear him.
On Wednesday, Trump spoke of the terror attack in New York City, saying “We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now — because what we have right now is a joke, and it’s a laughingstock.”
Trump was addressing the attack in which eight people were killed and a dozen injured after a vehicle plowed into a crowd. The suspect was identified as a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan who moved to the United States in 2010 and was a legal U.S. resident.
CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Sanders, “Why did the president call the U.S. justice system a joke and a laughingstock?”
“That’s not what he said,” Sarah Sanders replied. “He said that process has people calling us a joke and a laughingstock.” But that’s not what he said (see quote above, please).
Watch at the 3:36 mark:
Sanders said that Trump was frustrated by how long and costly it is to prosecute individuals accused of terror-related crimes under U.S. law. You know, because that whole due process thingy is so time-consuming.
“Particularly for someone to be a known terrorist, that process should move faster. That’s the point [Trump] is making. That’s the frustration he has,” she said.
He did sound frustrated over that, but we can’t just skip due process.
Sanders’ denial of what Trump had just said reporters stunned. They even compared the transcript to what Sanders had just said because they are reporters, so it’s kind of their job to be accurate.
Also, Trump’s rush to pronounce individuals to be guilty in the past hasn’t worked out so well. Like, for example, that time he took out a full-page ad to declare the ‘Central Park Five’ to be guilty and called for the death penalty despite DNA evidence which proved them to be innocent in the 1989 rape case.
But, if this is the route Trump wants to take, then by the court of public opinion, we conclude that he is guilty of crimes against the United States. The end. See how that works?
It’s like we woke up in November, finding ourselves living in an alternate universe and we can’t get back home. Trump didn’t blame ‘both sides’ this time and we can’t imagine why.
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