President Biden has had all manner of things to say about the mass murder in Buffalo by a white supremacist, but nothing to say about the only legal punishment we have that even remotely fits a crime of that nature — the death penalty.
Now maybe it’s that Biden ran on a platform of abolishing capital punishment — the first candidate of a major party to do so, and in the face of the contrary views held by his former boss, President Barack Obama, and (get this) of himself: Biden had been an unambiguous supporter of the death penalty for years, but when the mainstream of the Democratic Party drifted into abolitionism, he had neither the energy nor the principle to put up a fight.
That now seems like a manifestly foolish decision, as I explain in my Substack entry this morning, here, and my guess is he’ll have to backtrack.
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