Trump's last days in office marred by disregard for human life. Death penalty just another example.

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Trump's last days in office marred by disregard for human life. Death penalty just another example.

If there's one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it's the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wedn

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If there’s one thing that has defined the final days of the Trump administration, it’s the lack of regard for human life. We saw that play out Wednesday after President Donald Trump incited rioters to bust through the U.S. Capitol and hunt down members of Congress. 

Inciting a violent assault on the Capitol also displayed a disregard for democracy and the rule of law. This was the tragic finale of four years of failed federal leadership, and far from the only instance where the president’s disdain for human life has been demonstrated.

His abject failure to provide the leadership necessary to deal effectively with the COVID-19 pandemic is beyond dispute, with the consequence being that the daily death count from COVID-19 has now surpassed that of 9/11.

In the face of these unfolding tragedies, and at a time when the Trump administration appears literally to be coming unglued as more rats leave the sinking ship to avoid association with Wednesday’s debacle, another systematic disregard for human life seems to be rolling along on virtual autopilot.

Guards walking a corridor in the death row adjustment center at San Quentin in California.

Months ago, before former Attorney General William Barr made his own quick exit in a futile effort to save his reputation, he led the repeal of the de facto moratorium on federal executions. That has begun a process of periodic, deliberate killings inflicted by the government itself — indeed, by a lame-duck government that, after Wednesday, seems even to lack the consciousness or capacity to know what it is doing.

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