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Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

terrifying report from Axios finds President Donald Trump openly musing to his associates about killing drug dealers.

“Trump has said he would love to have a law to execute all drug dealers here in America,” national political reporter Jonathan Swan writes. “[T]hough he’s privately admitted it would probably be impossible to get a law this harsh passed under the American system.”

In case readers may wonder if Trump is being serious, Swan confirms that “the president doesn’t just joke about it.”

“He tells friends and associates the government has got to teach children that they’ll die if they take drugs and they’ve got to make drug dealers fear for their lives,” Swan writes.

Among the scariest elements of the report is that Kellyanne Conway, who is leading anti-drug efforts for the White House, doesn’t seem to deny the basic premise of the claim.

Conway talks about the “appetite” for “toughening up” criminal statutes and only goes so far as to say that the suggestion Trump wants to start killing drug dealers lacks nuance.


Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Pennsylvania and Nevada, two key 2020 battleground states, both certified President-elect Joe Biden's victory on Tuesday -- while President Donald Trump kept seeking to contest election results in court and insisted that he "will never concede."

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Bookvar, a Democrat, reported that she had certified the results after receiving certifications from all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties yesterday. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf tweeted that he had fulfilled the legal requirements and "signed the Certificate of Ascertainment for the slate of electors for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris." The final vote total showed Biden with a lead of 80,555 votes in the commonwealth.

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