"Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers", Trump said. This comes on the heels of Californians actually voting to bolster the speed with which the state can execute an inmate. I commend Governor Newsom for his decisive action today to place a moratorium on the death penalty in California.
California's governor is set to issue a moratorium on capital punishment in the US's most populous state, providing a reprieve for hundreds of inmates sentenced to death. Nor should it be surprising that President Trump weighed in Wednesday morning to oppose Newsom's move.
The president has always been irked by the Democratic leadership in California, including the newly elected governor Gavin Newsom.
The moratorium on the death penalty will last as long as Newsom holds office.
Across the country, 18 states and Washington DC have abolished the death penalty and others have issued suspensions.
Newsom recently called for more DNA testing in the case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who says he was framed in 1983 hatchet and knife killings of four people, including two children, in Chino Hills.
"I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people", he said in a statement issued with the executive order.
Newsom vows that during his time in office no prisoner will be executed in California, which has the largest total of condemned inmates among all states nationwide. (Who, it's worth mentioning, is the ex-husband of Donald Trump Jr.'s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle.) California hasn't had an execution since 2006, when it executed Clarence Allen.
Newsom, a Democrat who took office in January, has been a staunch opponent of the death penalty, last carried out in California in 2006.
Newsom said the death penalty was not a deterrent, wasted taxpayer dollars and was flawed because it is "irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error". Twenty-five people on California's death row have exhausted all of their appeals.
"Here is the bottom line: Our death penalty system has been - by any measure - a failure", Newsom said in a statement, according to Politico. Since 2014, there have been 134 executions in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Not only is prison reform at the top of Kim Kardashian's to-do list, now she's taking aim at California's death penalty. He also said innocent people have been wrongly convicted and sometimes put to death.
Brown had focused on sweeping changes to criminal penalties and reducing the prison population.
Some supporters of the move pointed out that despite California's status as a blue state, Newsom's decision was a bold one in light of voters' recent support for state-sponsored executions. Twenty-six inmates condemned to death have committed suicide since the death penalty was reintroduced in 1978.