Trump: Death Penalty for Cop Killers ... 'Bring it Forth'


Under President Barack Obama, there was a disconcerting rise in anti-police sentiment that led to a “war on cops” that many Americans believed was not sufficiently opposed by the Obama administration.

While that cop-hating sentiment still exists among some sectors of the populace, the same cannot be said of the Trump administration and how that “war on cops” is dealt with.

Indeed, then-candidate, now-President Donald Trump has routinely made it abundantly clear just how highly he regards the men and women of law enforcement who place their lives on the line to protect and defend their communities from dangerous criminals on a daily basis.

According to the Daily Caller, Trump strongly reiterated that pro-cop stance during his remarks Tuesday at the 37th Annual National Peace Officer’s Memorial Service in honor of fallen police officers.

The president used his remarks to call for the death penalty for those who intentionally kill police.

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Trump first noted that this day was “one of the most important and solemn occasions of the year … the day we pay tribute to the law enforcement heroes — and that’s what they are, heroes — who gave their lives in the line of duty.”

“They made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could live in safety and peace,” the president said before offering up the heartfelt condolences and sympathy of the country to the families of those fallen officers.

Trump said his administration had vowed to protect and defend police officers, and noted that as of 2016, an officer was assaulted nearly every 10 minutes somewhere in America — a travesty he refused to let continue.

“We must end the attacks on our police, and we must end them right now,”  Trump said to resounding applause. “We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty. Bring it forth.”

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Following even more applause and cheers from the crowd, the president noted how “alarming” it was that “ambush attacks” were increasingly being used by criminals to assassinate police officers.

“I have directed the Justice Department to do anything within their power to defend the lives of American law enforcement,” Trump said.

This is incredible declaration in support of the men and women in law enforcement from the president is one those who back the “thin blue line” have been longing to hear for quite some time.

There is no doubt that Trump holds a great deal of admiration and respect for the risks those men and women face day in and day out, and he has made it abundantly clear that he stands alongside them as they perform their duties to the community and the country.

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Though the Supreme Court ruled in 1987 that mandatory death sentences were unconstitutional — and such a penalty certainly shouldn’t be applied in cases of self-defense or honest accidents — there is no good reason why hardened criminals who purposefully murder police officers in the line of duty shouldn’t face the death penalty in response to their despicable actions.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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