Joe Biden’s inaction on death penalty may become top issue as Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis laud executions

Biden’s silence suggests he wants to keep death-penalty discussion out of the fore.

Capital punishment could emerge as a major campaign issue in the U.S. presidential race for the first time in 30 years, with top GOP rivals Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis already one-upping each other by touting tougher, more far-reaching death penalty laws.

Meanwhile, death penalty foes are poised to draw attention to what Democrat Joe Biden hasn’t done as president: He has taken no action on or even spoken about his 2020 campaign pledge to strike capital punishment from U.S. statutes.

A demonstration that the death penalty issue is far from academic came Wednesday when federal jurors in Pittsburgh voted to impose a death sentence for Robert Bowers for killing 11 people in a synagogue. It’s the first federal death sentence handed down during Biden’s presidency.

Trump, who restarted federal executions after a 17-year hiatus and oversaw 13 in his final six months as president, wasted no time making capital punishment a focus in his current, third presidential run. In declaring his candidacy on Nov. 15, he called for the execution of drug dealers.

In a July campaign video, Trump added another category of criminals he said deserve death.

“I will urge Congress to ensure that anyone caught trafficking children across our border receives the death penalty, immediately,” he said.

While the Justice Department announced a moratorium on federal executions in 2021, it’s a temporary pauseNothing precludes a pro-death penalty candidate elected next year from quickly resuming them.

Florida Gov. DeSantis has put capital punishment on his agenda, too.

Associated Press


  • Chas

    August 6, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    I find irony in that so many of the very pro death penalty people, are the very same people that say they do not trust the US Government at all.. Except of course to kill other people.. While they stock up on guns and demand they would never be taken alive by the very Government they don’t trust, except with the power of killing citizens.. Forget it is not conservative as it costs millions more to execute someone than to keep them detained the rest of their life.

  • Dont Say FLA

    August 6, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Chas, above, beat me to it, but I will concur and expound slightly.

    No matter how heinous individual crimes may be, and they be pretty damn heinous a lot, there is zero reason to trust a government with the power of putting its own citizens to death for any reason whatsoever.

    No government should be empowered to kill its own citizens.

    Murder is not representation. The end.

  • PeterH

    August 6, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    The death penalty and ‘what if’ VP Harris became president is the Republican Presidential campaign platform for 2024.

    They don’t want to talk about the culture wars they’ve created to divide America!

    They don’t want to talk about winning their 50 year fight to end a woman’s right to an abortion.

    They don’t want to talk about dumping 10% unemployment on the current administration that has delivered 3.5% unemployment….. with the best employment on record for African Americans.

    They don’t want to talk about Trump’s fiscal incompetence and institution of trade tariffs that EVERY notable economist predicted would lead to inflation.

    They don’t want to talk about the fact that, excluding Texas, nearly every single Republican controlled red state is dependent on blue state subsidies to keep them economically viable.

    They don’t want to talk about red state book burnings.

    They don’t want to talk about a nationwide lack of teachers especially in Arizona and Florida.

    They don’t want to talk about parental responsibility to address the needs of their gay or transgender children.

  • Jake

    August 6, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    Desantis is a pro life hypocrite.

    • Rude Eye

      August 7, 2023 at 6:58 pm

      Make it harder to get an abortion and at the same time making it easier to impose the death penalty. So what is it Ronny, life or death?

  • Second term

    August 6, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Joe has to wait till his second term to address the United States’ death penalty problem. If Joe did anything during his first term, GOPs like Sloat Thritter Rhonda would cry “Joe is soft on crime” rather than “Joe is decreasing the power of government”

  • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

    August 7, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Speaking of the death penalty, our resident troll Earl Pitts deserves the gas chamber for what he did.

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