The Unfit Ticket

Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) 2023 winter meeting in Philadelphia. (Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images.)

I spend most of my time navel-gazing about how the modern Republican Party can’t be trusted to govern responsibly, and for good reason. There’s no shortage of material. Each day brings new evidence to support the thesis, which is useful when you’re writing a daily newsletter.

Here, for instance, is the latest dispatch from Rolling Stone about alleged chitchat at Mar-a-Lago between rounds of golf and kibitzing with wedding parties.

Specifically, Trump has talked about bringing back death by firing squad, by hanging, and, according to two of the sources, possibly even by guillotine. He has also, sources say, discussed group executions. Trump has floated these ideas while discussing planned campaign rhetoric and policy desires, as well as his disdain for President Biden’s approach to crime.

In at least one instance late last year, according to the third source, who has direct knowledge of the matter, Trump privately mused about the possibility of creating a flashy, government-backed video-ad campaign that would accompany a federal revival of these execution methods. In Trump’s vision, these videos would include footage from these new executions, if not from the exact moments of death. “The [former] president believes this would help put the fear of God into violent criminals,” this source says. “He wanted to do some of these [things] when he was in office, but for whatever reasons didn’t have the chance.”

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