There are a few crimes in the civilized world that tend to transcend the “normal” criminality that we see in everyday life. Pedophilia, animal cruelty, and political assassination tend to rank among the worst, along with the subject of today’s Donald Trump diatribe: Cop killers.
In America, we have a uniquely complex relationship with our brave men and women in blue. These bastions of honor and bravery are tasked daily with regulating the freedoms inherent in our great nation, turning dangerous situations into close calls, and allowing We The People to breathe a little easier and sleep a little more soundly at night. Not everyone feels this way, however, with a massive cross-section of the counter-culture wholly obsessed with their own hatred of the police.
The idea that some Americans want policemen and women dead has been around for a very, very long time, and seminal moments within the renegade movement have been at the forefront of pop culture for decades.
Back in 1992, tempers flared in earnest with the release of “Cop Killer” by Hip-Hop group Body Count.
This came to us as the natural extension of the overly-celebrated N.W.A. anthem whose title isn’t fit for print.
Now, in response to this bizarrely misguided sentiment reaching the mainstream once again with the Black Lives Matter movement and the events of Dallas, Texas in 2016, President Donald Trump is weighing in. And, in typical Trump fashion, the Commander in Chief isn’t playing around.
President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday a mandatory death penalty for criminals who kill police officers.
Trump, speaking at the 37th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, called for an immediate end to “the attacks on our police, and we must end them right now.”
“We believe criminals who kill our police should get the death penalty,” POTUS stated. “Bring it forth.”
Now if we could only get Dr. Dre to conjure up a beat and a few bars, we might be able to send Prez’s message to the MTV and Viceland youth the way these celebrated criminals and gangsters did in the 1990’s.
Trump added that he has “directed the Justice Department to do anything within their power to defend the lives of American law enforcement.”
For those ready to jump on the President’s initiative immediately, not so fast: The Supreme Court has already put the kibosh on “mandatory” death sentences back in the 1980’s…conveniently just before all of this anti-police pop culture vitriol began churning about society in earnest.