GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump granted a length interview with the Miami Herald where he discussed a wide-range of topics, most notably his willingness to try Americans accused of terrorism at Guantánamo Bay using military tribunals.
Currently it is illegal under federal law to prosecute American citizens at military commissions, and to change the law Congress would have to intercede. While highly unlikely under a Trump presidency such a change should not be looked at as an impossible scenario to unfold.
Trump was asked by the interviewer, “Would you try to get the military commissions, the trial court there, to try U.S. citizens?” He replied:
Well, I know that they want to try them in our regular court systems, and I don’t like that at all. I don’t like that at all. I would say they could be tried there, that would be fine.
In the past Trump has stated of Guantánamo Bay that he would “load it up with bad dudes.” Considering Trump’s penchant for inciting violence against those who disagree with him, his definition of who is a “bad dude” should send shivers down the spines of all American citizens. A Trump presidency would be a disaster for American democracy, rule of law, and individuals being innocent before being proved guilty in a courtroom. Trump’s concept of using military courts to prosecute citizens, when such courts have an entirely different set of rules and standards, is just another example of why Donald Trump must be stopped at all costs from ascending to The White House as the 45th President of the United States.