Trump defends views on death penalty for drug dealers, pardon of Alice Johnson

June 22, 2023

Former President Donald Trump argued during a Fox News interview that aired on Tuesday that he thinks giving drug dealers the death penalty is the "only way" to stop the drug problem in the country and excused his pardon of drug dealer Alice Johnson because she was "not much" of player in the drug trade.

Host Bret Baier asked, “You have said you would be in favor of the death penalty for drug dealers. Still the case?”

Trump responded, “Yeah, that’s the only way you’re going to stop it.”

But Baier then pointed out Trump's support for the First Step Act, which released drug dealers from prison, has led to some level of re-offending.

“But I focused on non-violent crime," Trump said, and brought up Alice Johnson, who dealt marijuana and got 48 years in jail.

He seemed to waffle about the policy, saying he's not sure "the country's ready for it" and that it would start with an announcement so that the dealers would be aware of its potential impact.