Donald Trump, in addition to being a big inspiration for this blog, has also been a big supporter of the death penalty. Perhaps this was most evident when he took out full page ads in New York City’s major dailies saying the death penalty should be reinstituted following the Central Park 5 gang rape case. And even though all five young men convicted of rape were exonerated, Trump still stood by his call for the death penalty, even seeming to suggest the five young men deserved to be executed just for being in Central Park at night.
Not surprisingly, candidate Trump is also extolling the virtues of the death penalty, promising to issue an executive order mandating it in cases where someone kills a law enforcement officer, something that has questionable constitutionality.
But beyond Trump’s unwavering support for the death penalty, innocence be damned, what is a little ironic is that Trump himself could face the death penalty today in some parts of the world. Why? Because he infamously engaged in an extramarital affair with Marla Maples, and adultery is still a crime in some parts of the world. And in a few parts of the world it is punishable by death.
In Saudi Arabia, adultery is punished with the death penalty. And not just any way: it must be death by stoning. A number of other Muslim countries have similar stoning laws, including Somalia, Pakistan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Iran, and Yemen. It is also legal in northern Nigeria and some parts of Indonesia and Malaysia, and practiced extrajudicially in other places as well.
Maybe that is the real reason Donald Trump is alienating Muslims: if he were president and on good terms with Muslim countries, then he could be executed on a diplomatic visit. He also said Saudi Arabia should pay the US, presumably to end relations with the country so that as president he wouldn’t have to go there and risk a stoning.
And in addition to situations where he might face the death penalty today, Donald Trump would have also faced the death penalty in the Mongolian empire. How so? Well, Trump has declared bankruptcy of different holdings on four occasions during his business career. If he lived under the Yassa, a code of law decreed by Genghis Khan, he would not have even made it to four, because declaring bankruptcy three times was to be punished with death:
Whoever takes goods (on credit) and becomes bankrupt, then again takes goods and again becomes bankrupt, then takes goods again and yet again becomes bankrupt is to be put to death after the third time.
Granted, it was Trump’s companies that went bankrupt, not him personally. Though I suspect Genghis Khan would not be so discerning.
While Donald Trump may not face execution for extramarital affairs past or, in high likelihood, future, nevertheless he should consider his own transgressions before demanding that others be executed.