When a man drove a van through a bike path on New York City’s west side on Tuesday, killing eight people, President Donald Trump was recklessly quick to further his own agenda of extreme vetting, and also to denounce the effectiveness of the United States justice system.
CNN reports Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov was at the wheel of a rented van that instantly killed six, with two more dying later and many more were injured. The following morning Trump was already referring to the driver as a “terrorist,” before the investigation itself could determine the Saipov’s motivations. The moment it was a possibility that Saipov could be a terrorist, Trump immediately used that to attack the immigration system.
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” tweeted Trump early Wednesday morning.
The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Without delay Trump made the attack a political issue at a White House Cabinet meeting Wednesday. He called for “quick” and “strong” justice, and went so far as to say that these terror attacks happen because the United States is “a laughingstock” when it comes to punishing terrorists. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the head of the so-called ‘laughing stock’ justice system, sat across from Trump when the president made the comment.
Trump also said he wants to send Saipov, who at the time was only a criminal suspect and not charged as a labeled terrorist, nor is he an “animal” as the president said, to the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison.
“We also have to come up with punishment that’s far quicker and far greater than the punishment these animals are getting right now,” Trump told reporters. “They’ll go through court for years. And at the end, they’ll be — who knows what happens.”
“We need quick justice and we need strong justice — much quicker and much stronger than we have right now,” Trump added. “Because what we have right now is a joke and it’s a laughingstock. And no wonder so much of this stuff takes place.”
— Yahoo News (@YahooNews) November 2, 2017
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