Calls to “abolish the demise penalty” trended on Twitter after the US authorities executed Brandon Bernard for his half in a 1999 double murder, with activists pleading with presumed President-elect Joe Biden to finish the coverage.
Bernard’s demise on Thursday night time garnered nationwide consideration as a result of President Donald Trump’s administration resumed the apply of federal capital punishment after a virtually two decade lapse earlier this 12 months.
Following the execution, the hashtag #AbolishTheDeathPenalty started trending on Twitter within the US, uttered by a few of the most distinguished left-wing leaders, together with Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and firebrand Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY).
“In a world of unimaginable violence, the state shouldn’t be concerned in premeditated homicide,” tweeted Sanders. “Brandon Bernard needs to be alive right now,” wrote the account of the leftist Gravel Institute.
Brandon Bernard needs to be alive right now. We should finish all federal executions and abolish the demise penalty. In a world of unimaginable violence, the state shouldn’t be concerned in premeditated homicide. https://t.co/TeppKF667T
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 11, 2020
Brandon Bernard needs to be alive right now. Abolish the demise penalty.
— Gravel Institute (@GravelInstitute) December 11, 2020
New York’s Congressman-elect Jamaal Bowman pleaded with Biden to push the problem when he enters the White Home subsequent month. He and others demanded Biden put an “finish to federal executions,” which reemerged underneath Trump – and a few appeared to need Biden to abolish capital punishment altogether, which might require making an attempt to override plenty of states’ legal guidelines on the problem.
Brandon Bernard.Heartbroken and fatigued from mourning however we can’t cease elevating our voices and organizing for justice.4/5 of the remaining federal executions this 12 months can be Black males. @JoeBiden we want an finish to federal executions. We should abolish the demise penalty.
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) December 11, 2020
I believe Biden will abolish the federal demise penalty. Sadly, I don’t assume he could make the states give theirs up.
— GenaG (@literati26) December 11, 2020
The highest Democrat himself, nonetheless, is but to touch upon the matter.
Final month, Biden’s press secretary TJ Ducklo mentioned that the previous vice chairman “opposes the demise penalty now and sooner or later.”
Biden had already promised on his marketing campaign web site to revive the pre-Trump established order. Not solely did he say he would abolish it on the federal stage, he mentioned his administration would “incentivize states to comply with the federal government’s instance.”
Whereas Biden is outwardly not a fan of the demise penalty anymore, he was as soon as a champion of it.
In a grim coincidence, one of many three folks executed in November by the Trump administration was initially tried in 1994 underneath the Crime Invoice, infamously co-authored by the present presumed president-elect.
Earlier, in 1992, Biden bragged that the laws within the works was so robust that it did “every little thing however cling folks for jaywalking.”
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