Here's yet another example of Trump completely disregarding the parts of the Constitution he doesn't like. This week, Trump lamented that Ahmad Rahami, the man allegedly responsible for the pipe bombings in New York and New Jersey, will be afforded constitutional protections. (Rahami is a naturalized citizen originally from Afghanistan.) From Slate:
Trump specifically zeroed in on the fact that Rahami, a naturalized U.S. citizen, will presumably be provided a lawyer, as the Constitution requires. “He will be represented by an outstanding lawyer,” Trump complained with palpable chagrin. “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. What a sad situation."
On the list of ridiculous things Trump has said this week, this probably doesn't seem ridiculous enough to crack the Top 5. After all, it’s not an outright lie—at least not yet. Trump's absurdist depictions of future harms are troubling, but not quite as troubling as his propensity for lying about provable events that have already occurred.
Nor was Trump's call to remove citizen defendants’ constitutional protections unprecedented for him. As Slate notes, Trump has already called for the removal of such protections for citizens accused of terrorism, going so far as to call for these citizens to be tried by military tribunal. From Think Progress:
[Trump said] that he would like to send more terrorists to a “very safe place” like Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and would stop releasing “bad ones” who are being held in that facility.
Asked [...] whether he would “try to get the military commissions — the trial court there — to try U.S. citizens,” Trump indicated that he would.
“Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all,” he explained. “I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine.”
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