Trump Demands Death Penalty For Manhattan Truck Driving Terrorist

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Donald Trump took to Twitter this morning to demand that Sayfullo Saipov, the Lower Manhattan truck driver who killed 8 in a terrorist attack on Tuesday, should get the death penalty.

The Trumpster wrote, in part, “NYC terrorist was happy as he asked to hang ISIS flag in his hospital room. He killed 8 people, badly injured 12. SHOULD GET DEATH PENALTY!”

It’s extremely unusual for a president to make such a direct call to action about the death penalty.

There’s a good reason why elected officials shouldn’t comment on ongoing prosecutions. Speaking out publicly too soon can hand a defense lawyer the chance to bring up how an accused terrorist can’t get a fair trial in addition to other complications.

Lower Manhattan Truck Terrorist Sayfullo Saipov Speaks To Investigators

Investigators speaking to the Lower Manhattan truck attack suspect Sayfullo Saipov have learned several key pieces of evidence.

From CNN:

• Saipov told investigators he was inspired to carry out the truck attack by ISIS videos he watched on his cell phone.

• In particular, he told investigators he was inspired by a video of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi asking what Muslims in the US were doing to respond to the killing of Muslims in Iraq.

• He rented a truck on Oct. 22, 2017, to “practice making turns.”

• He purposely chose Halloween as the date for the attack “because he believed there would be more civilians on the street for the holiday.”

• He planned to display ISIS flags on the truck but decided against it so as not to draw attention to himself.

• He asked investigators if he could display ISIS’s flag in his hospital room, telling them he felt good about what he had done.

Saipov remains in the hospital recovering from gunshot wounds sustained after he drove his rental truck into pedestrians killing 8 people.

Saipov has been charged on federal terrorism charges including providing material support to ISIS and violence and destruction of motor vehicles in connection with Tuesday’s attack in Manhattan.