Donald Trump just changed the way Presidents talk about terror attacks.
But while Trump’s venting may be emotionally satisfying for the President and delight his supporters, it’s not clear it represents a thought-through framework for changes in how the legal war on terrorism is fought. And it’s even possible his outburst will jeopardize the process of bringing terrorists to justice.
Instead of channeling grief and offering reassurance and resolve, as his predecessors might have done after the Halloween horror in New York where eight people died, Trump amplified the fury and desire for vengeance stirred by such carnage.
He lashed out at the “animal” behind the truck attack, threatened to throw him in Guantanamo Bay, vowed to terminate the visa lottery that help draw him to the US and branded the justice system a “laughingstock.”
He then called for the death penalty against the attacker, raising questions of whether his rhetoric could potentially jeopardize a legal case against the assailant by prejudicing jurors.