Federal death penalty: Trump escalates cruelty and more executions before leaving White House

In his four years in the White House, Trump has delighted in being as cruel as possible to people – especially people who are vulnerable because of race, nationality, poverty, and other factors.  Trump’s cruelty has included escalating the federal death penalty.  Now – just before leaving office on January 20 – Trump is escalating his cruelty in several ways.

On July 26, 2019, I posted this update to my blog.  After a 16-year gap with NO federal executions, Trump and his Attorney General William Barr began planning to execute people again.  See this blog post:  Trump’s Atty. Gen. Barr revives federal death penalty and will start executing people again – Glen’s Parallax Perspectives


Now Trump is escalating his cruelty even further.  The Democracy Now! broadcast on November 30, 2020, reported these alarming news items:

1.    Trump plans to execute FIVE persons promptly (four black men and one white woman who is severely mentally ill and had suffered many years of sexual abuse – the first woman executed by the federal government in 70 years) during his Lame Duck days.  This article explains the horrible injustice of this:  https://www.democracynow.org/2020/11/30/trump_lame_duck_executions?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=5ea2a9ff90-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-5ea2a9ff90-191704661


2.  This article explains the astounding cruelty and injustice of executing Lisa Montgomery, who suffered a lifetime of sexual abuse and is seriously mentally ill:  https://www.democracynow.org/2020/11/30/lisa_montgomery_federal_execution?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=5ea2a9ff90-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-5ea2a9ff90-191704661


3.  The Trump filed a new rule allowing the federal government to use more ways to execute people, including firing squads, poison gas and the electric chair.  There are serious practical and humanitarian reasons for not doing that.  [Elsewhere on the “Death Penalty” part of my blog, I have reported that the current method – lethal injection – repeatedly causes horrible suffering and should be abolished nationwide.]  See this alarming news of Trump’s mania for killing people and his new rule, which will go into effect on Christmas eve, December 24, 2020:  https://www.democracynow.org/2020/11/30/trump_admin_federal_executions?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=5ea2a9ff90-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-5ea2a9ff90-191704661


See more information about the death penalty at my blog’s “Death Penalty” section:

Death Penalty (Also see Criminal Justice) – Glen’s Parallax Perspectives



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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at https://parallaxperspectives.org He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093 glen@parallaxperspectives.org