CNN commentator Van Jones reacted to Donald Trump‘s speech today by saying that the president’s proposal to execute drug dealers is not going to be an effective solution to America’s substance abuse crisis.
Jones spoke to Brooke Baldwin on Monday in order to give his first reaction to Trump’s remarks about using capital punishment in order to get tougher on drug dealers. While Jones appreciated Trump’s remarks about getting help for addicts, he said that the president’s death penalty calls are “180 degrees from what the people on the ground are saying” about how to solve the problem.
“I met with pastors, nobody is saying what we really need is the death penalty for drug dealers,” Jones said. “They’re saying people need more help, more compassion, more education. Sometimes they say they need more, better bible studies. That would be higher on the list than death penalty for drug dealers.”
Jones continued to call the proposal a “poison pill” that will keep key actors in the drug war from working with each other to find a solution.
“This death penalty thing is a complete nonstarter and it’s divisive and it’s stupid. I think it’s an offense to the people who are really trying to solve this problem.”
When Baldwin asked Jones whether Democrats aren’t helping Trump with this for the reasons he pointed out, Jones noted that there’s concern about the recent reports saying Trump approves of the extrajudicial crackdowns of drug dealers in places like the Philippines.
“That’s not a good way for America,” Jones said. “Nobody is expecting for that to work.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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