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11 Dec, 2020 17:16

Activists plead with Biden to ‘ABOLISH the death penalty’ after federal execution of Brandon Bernard

Activists plead with Biden to ‘ABOLISH the death penalty’ after federal execution of Brandon Bernard

Calls to “abolish the death penalty” trended on Twitter after the US government executed Brandon Bernard for his part in a 1999 double homicide, with activists pleading with presumed President-elect Joe Biden to end the policy.

Bernard’s death on Thursday night garnered national attention because President Donald Trump’s administration resumed the practice of federal capital punishment after a nearly two decade lapse earlier this year.

Following the execution, the hashtag #AbolishTheDeathPenalty began trending on Twitter in the US, uttered by some of the most prominent left-wing leaders, including Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) and firebrand Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D- NY). 

“In a world of incredible violence, the state should not be involved in premeditated murder,” tweeted Sanders. “Brandon Bernard should be alive today,” wrote the account of the leftist Gravel Institute.

New York’s Congressman-elect Jamaal Bowman pleaded with Biden to push the issue when he enters the White House next month. He and others demanded Biden put an “end to federal executions,” which reemerged under Trump – and some appeared to want Biden to abolish capital punishment altogether, which would require attempting to override a number of states’ laws on the issue.

The top Democrat himself, however, is yet to comment on the matter. 

Last month, Biden’s press secretary TJ Ducklo said that the former vice president “opposes the death penalty now and in the future.” 

Biden had already promised on his campaign website to restore the pre-Trump status quo. Not only did he say he would abolish it at the federal level, he said his administration would “incentivize states to follow the government’s example.”

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While Biden is apparently not a fan of the death penalty anymore, he was once a champion of it.

In a grim coincidence, one of the three people executed in November by the Trump administration was originally tried in 1994 under the Crime Bill, infamously co-authored by the current presumed president-elect.

Earlier, in 1992, Biden bragged that the legislation in the works was so tough that it did “everything but hang people for jaywalking.”

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