Donald Trump does not think that Ahmad Khan Rahami, the suspect apprehended in connection with the New York and New Jersey explosions, should receive top-notch medical care or legal representation.The Daily Telegraph adds:
Speaking at a rally in Florida Monday, the same day Rahami was caught, Trump referred to him as an “evil thug.” He then bemoaned the quality medical care that awaits Rahami for the gunshot wounds he sustained in a shootout with police. “The bad part: 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, and he’ll probably even have room service, knowing the way our country is,” Trump said. “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.”
Some members of his packed crowd shouted, "Hang him!"Whatever the seriousness of the charge, there's a this pesky little part of the Constitution that's causing Trump's current trauma. This part:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.Then there's this part, which guarantees medical care to those arrested or incarcerated:
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.Slate does point out that Trump added:
What a sad situation. We must have speedy but fair trials and we must deliver a just and very harsh punishment to these people.But think on that for a second, in light of what was quoted in Time. A speedy trial is NOT for the sake of a just trial. No, a speedy trial is necessary so that the inevitable punishment will be harsher than it would have been.
This is Trump's America.