The day in which terror suspect Ahmad Rahami was arrested after a shootout with New York police, Donald Trump made some comments that made me wonder about his loyalty to the U.S. Constitution. Trump seemed to complain about the fact that Rahami, who is suspected in the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey, was getting medical treatment for the injuries he sustained in the shootout. He also appeared to begrudge the prospect that Rahami will get a lawyer to defend him against the attempted murder and terrorism charges he now faces.
Did Trump think the police should have executed Rahami on the spot? Would he have cheered such an execution, as many other misled Americans would have? If Trump truly loved the Constitution – as he claims to – then he would be happy that Rahami was captured alive. He would be glad that Rahami will get a fair trial while being represented by the most competent attorney available. I don’t know about Trump, but I’m glad the Constitution protects us all from the government. Just because the government says someone is guilty doesn’t mean they necessarily are. I mean this is the government we are talking about here. It could be wrong.
I like the fact that a jury gets to decide one's guilt or innocence after being presented with all the facts. I don’t want give the government and the police the right to act as judge, jury, and executioner against any suspect, no matter how vile or “obviously” guilty. I thank God every day for all of our constitutional protections, not just selected ones such as free speech and the right to bear arms. Trump should apologize for sending the message that he is hostile to the parts of Constitution that protect the rights of the accused. None of us – including Mr. Trump – know when we might face charges for something we didn’t do.