GQ Bashes Trump Because He Didn’t Demand Death Penalty For Vegas Shooter

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GQ Magazine published an article Thursday attacking President Donald Trump for failing to call for the death penalty for Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock.

The piece was quickly followed with a correction since Paddock was already dead and could thus not be given the death penalty.

“An earlier version of this article used a headline noting that Trump had publicly called for the death penalty in the New York attack, but not the Las Vegas shooting in particular. That discrepancy is probably related to the fact that the Las Vegas shooter is dead. We regret the error,” GQ’s correction reads.

GQ apparently forgot the Las Vegas shooter killed himself after firing on a crowd of concertgoers, killing 59 and wounding more than 500, making death penalty demands useless. (Related: Las Vegas Shooter Had This Written In His Hotel Room).

“But a sitting president weighing in on the outcome of a specific criminal case—one in which charges hadn’t even been filed at the time of his tweets—is appalling,” the article continued, despite expressing the conviction that Trump should have weighed in on the specific Las Vegas case in the same manner as he did on the Tuesday New York terrorist attack.

GQ expressed displeasure over Trump’s statement given that the Uzbek terrorist, Sayfullo Saipov, has not been officially charged. Saipov left a note dedicated to the Islamic State in the truck he used to plow over his victims, had close to 4,000 images and videos of ISIS propaganda on his phone, requested an ISIS flag be hung in his hospital room, and had been planning the attack for nearly a year. (Related: NYC Attacker Had Thousands Of Pieces Of ISIS Propaganda On His Phone).

“This overstep of his authority is a cynical, opportunistic overture to the most xenophobic instincts of his base,” the article continues. “Talking about the democratic norms that this administration gleefully shreds is not just an exercise in smug tut-tutting at his usual blend of ignorance and arrogance,” the article concludes.

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