Led by ‘Squad’ members Ayanna Pressley and Cori Bush a group of 35 Democrats demanded President Joe Biden commute the sentences of all 49 federal death row inmates, as they slammed the execution spree that closed out Trump’s presidency.
We must end federal executions for good.
The Obama administration paused executions, but Trump’s reversal and ensuing killing spree proved that a moratorium is not enough.
The group, which included the Squad’s other simpleminded socialist Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, sent the letter to Biden on Friday in which they highlighted their ‘grave concerns regarding the death penalty’, which they branded ‘cruel and heinous’.
Of course, the ‘Squad‘ conveniently ignore the ‘cruel and heinous’ acts these animals committed, and the lives that were taken, which ultimately landed them on death row.
The letter was signed by 35 lawmakers in total, naturally, all Democrats, the unhinged liberals urged Biden ‘to take swift, decisive action’ to commute the sentences of the people on federal death row, calling it a ‘crucial first step in remedying this grave injustice’.
In their letter to Biden they had written:
‘By exercising your clemency power, you can ensure that there would be no one left on death row to kill,’
‘Given the historic nature of your administration, this would be an unprecedented – but necessary – action to reverse systemic injustices and restore America’s moral standing
‘We believe that rebuilding the dignity of America requires that we recommit ourselves to the tradition of due process, mercy, and judicial clemency when it comes to matters related to the criminal legal system.’
‘This moment demands a series of meaningful actions to ensure that no President can authorize the killing of Americans through the death penalty,’
‘This includes dismantling death row at FCC Terre Haute, and establishing clear executive guidelines prohibiting federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty.’
During his campaign, Biden said that as president, he would ‘work to pass legislation to eliminate the death penalty at the federal level and incentivize’ states to do the same.
He claimed it is on his list of plans for criminal justice but has not yet commented on the topic since he took office.
‘The President, as you know, has stated his opposition to the death penalty in the past,’ his press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday.
‘He remains – that remains his view. I don’t have anything more for you in terms of future actions or mechanisms, though.’
Obama halted federal executions in 2015 but they were revived under Trump.
Trump had voiced his support for the death penalty long before he decided to run for president.
‘Either it will be brought back swiftly, or our society will rot away,’ Trump told Playboy magazine in 1990.
In July 2019, then-Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the moratorium was ending after an almost two-decade hiatus.
Before this, there had been only three executions since 1963, all of which were in the early 2000s.
In 2020, the U.S. carried out ten executions, which was more civilian prisoners than all the states combined over the same period.
They included three federal inmates who were put to death during the last week of the Trump administration:
‘Womb raider’ Lisa Montgomery – Montgomery was sentenced to death in 2008 by a Missouri jury for the 2004 murder of a pregnant woman, cutting the fetus out and kidnapping it. The baby survived.
Corey Johnson – Johnson was sentenced to die after he was convicted of killing seven people in 1992 as a part of his drug-trafficking activities in Virginia.
Dustin John Higgs – In 2000, a Maryland jury found Higgs guilty of numerous federal offenses, including three counts of first-degree premeditated murder, three counts of first-degree felony murder, and three counts of kidnapping resulting in death.
Yet despite the heinous act of violence by these murders’.
In Friday’s three-page letter, the Democrats accused Trump of ‘carnage and unrestrained violence’ for the 13 executions that were carried out under his watch.
‘We must end federal executions for good,’ Congresswoman Bush added in a tweet Friday.
‘The Obama administration paused executions, but Trump’s reversal and ensuing killing spree proved that a moratorium is not enough.’
The letter calls for a commutation of the sentences, not a pardon, meaning the inmates’ sentences would be reduced, but they would not be cleared of any charges or have to be released from prison.
The Democrats claimed that in order for the country to find ‘accountability and healing,’ it must ‘first acknowledge the moral depravity of federal executions’.
‘Like slavery and lynching did before it, the death penalty perpetuates cycles of trauma, violence and state-sanctioned murder in Black and brown communities,’ it continued.
Despite the Democrats comparing it to ‘Slavery’, they can’t play their typical ‘America is racists‘ card.
Of the prisoners currently on death row, 21 are white, 20 are black, seven are Latino and one is Asian.
As the Democratic Party takes complete control of Congress, it is unclear if this legislation would garner enough support to move forward.
With the Senate at a 50-50 split with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, it would need the full support of Democrats, if not bipartisan support.