Last week a San Francisco jury said that what Donald Trump sensationalized as a murder to win votes was not actually murder, or even manslaughter. That’s what happens when decent, honest Americans put facts over politics.
Even the South Dakota Republican Party spin machine is abandoning this Trump talking point, expressing respect for the sanctity of trial by jury in its condemnation of Republican gubernatorial candidate Lora Hubbel’s apparent call to kill what she calls an “evil” jury. Hubbel said, “I think we need another definition of ‘hung jury’… meaning what happens to an evil jury.” The SDGOP spin blog, ever eager to bat Hubbel’s easy piñata for stale candy, manages this sensible response to Hubbel’s anti-Constitutional sentiment:
I wasn’t there, so I have no idea of the evidence or the strength of the case presented by the prosecution. But advocating that they’re evil and should be hung because she doesn’t like the decision is pure crazy talk [Pat Powers, “Gubernatorial Candidate Intimates We Should Execute Juries If She Disagrees with Decision,” Dakota War College, 2017.12.02].
Now if the SDGOP spin blog could find the courage to apply that same honesty and decency to the outrageous statements of the Republican President whom Hubbel’s anti-jury language so closely tracks.