President Donald Trump basically gave a green light to police officers and right-wing militias to carry out extrajudicial killings of Americans during an interview on Fox News Saturday night.

After a protester allegedly killed a Trump supporter named Aaron Danielson in Portland earlier this month, Trump immediately took to Twitter and demanded action. But law enforcement ended up killing Michael Forest Reinoehl without first announcing themselves and giving him the chance to surrender peacefully. Reinoehl was also unarmed according to a credible witness at the scene despite claims by police otherwise.

In short, it appears this was an extrajudicial killing in retaliation against a protester for allegedly killing a right-wing extremist.

But rather than condemn such a killing, Trump told Jeanine Pirro that he approves.

“I put out, ‘When are you going to go get him?’ And the U.S. Marshals went in to get him,” Trump said. “This guy was a violent criminal, and the U.S. Marshals killed him. And I’ll tell you something—that’s the way it has to be. There has to be retribution.”

But that’s not how our justice system works. Police are supposed to arrest suspects and then those suspects stand trial because they are innocent until proven guilty. What these officers did is disgraceful. And the fact that Trump is okay with executing Americans in retribution for whatever alleged crime they may or may not have committed is beyond terrifying.

Twitter users condemned his remarks and pointed out the hypocrisy.

Americans should be outraged by what Trump is trying to turn our justice system into. Because once extrajudicial killings start, the bloodshed will inevitably come to all of our doorsteps.

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