As of tomorrow, I can’t even raise the question without violating the law about threatening presidents. But the question and possibility will remain if Trump begins to copy Philippine President Duterte’s slaughter of over 5000 supposed drug pushers and users. If Trump okays living by the sword in other countries or here, he deserves that same sword.
They’re called “extra judicial” killings, meaning “lawless,” only using terms that make it sound “especially legal.” Calling them “sub-human beings who deserve to die,” Duterte bragged he’s like to see 100,000 killed and dumped in the bay to feed the fish. This is how Hitler-types start. Supposedly, Trump called him to praise how he’s conducting a war on drugs “the right way.”
Like Trump, only worse, Duterte also hates journalists who dare question him. About 175 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986. Duterte quipped about recent assassinations, “Just because you are a journalist, you are not exempted from assassination if you are a son of a b….”
I’m not saying Trump is this bad. I actually don’t dislike Trump, though I detest almost everything he has done. I worry for his choice for Attorney General; Jeff Sessions is rabidly anti-drug and so is Trump. I doubt they distinguish between drugs that are helpful to persons and humanity and those which are not. Could he re-ignite the cruel and counterproductive War on Drugs with a vengeance?
If Trump condones state-sponsored and state-excused murder in places distant or in ours, he deserves what he permits. I don’t want that for him, but he could call it forth on himself if he goes that way. He is as worthy of life as those nameless victims, but not more worthy. If he wants to rule by the “extra judicial” sword, he’ll be due it.