Donald Trump knew much more about the severity of the coronavirus than he revealed to the American people. After listening to Bob Woodward’s tapes, that fact is not in doubt. Even most talking heads on Fox News are admitting that the comments from Trump are very troubling.
But Glenn Kirschner thinks the revelations are much worse than troubling. According to the former federal prosecutor, Trump’s words and actions amount to second degree murder.
Kirschner made the comments during an appearance on SiriusXM’s The Dean Obeidallah Show. He told the host:
“What Donald Trump has just done by virtue of the tapes that Bob Woodward released, is he has upped his own criminal ante to second-degree murder. And here’s why: He was lying to the American people about the danger this virus posed…he was saying to Bob Woodward in very dramatic tones that “this thing is airborne only you need to do is breathe near somebody who is infected and you are going to get it.”
The legal analyst continued, “This man has upped the criminal ante to second-degree murder, and there are only two elements for second-degree murder. The first is you caused the death of another. The second element is the intent element. And here’s where it would otherwise get tricky if we didn’t have Trump’s incriminating admissions.”
Kirschner further explained, “The third is what’s called ‘conscious disregard.’ That’s defined as your conduct was in conscious disregard of the extreme risk you were creating to other human beings that they would suffer death or serious bodily injury. Trump has admitted, in my opinion as a career prosecutor and frankly, I was the most experienced homicide prosecutor in the Department of Justice because of our unique jurisdictional mandate in D.C., that is second-degree murder and Donald Trump must be held accountable.”
You can listen to Kirschner’s comments below, courtesy of SiriusXM:
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.