MSNBC Host Grilled For Death Penalty Position On Comedy Central Show ➠ Heated Debate
MSNBC host Alex Wagner got into a heated debate Tuesday night during a segment about the death penalty on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show.”
The panel, also featuring comedians Dan Soder and Keith Robinson, was discussing whether or not Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should receive the death penalty.
“I just think there are certain people that just need to die,” host Larry Wilmore said to open up the segment, adding “I have no problem with Tsarnaev getting executed.”
“I just think there are certain people that just need to die.”
After Robinson jokingly argued he’d rather force Tsarnaev to undergo a sex change operation and then be used as a “virgin” in jail, Wagner entered the debate.
“I think once you say, this crime is more heinous because of the kids who died than another crime where a little girl has been raped and killed, or several little girls have been raped and killed—,” she said.
Wilmore interjected, “I am happy to kill them for that.”
“So then you’re not really against the death penalty,” Wagner responded.
“No, I’m not against the death penalty in that instance,” Wilmore shot back. “You’re correct.”
“You can define what constitutes the correct punishment,” the host added. “And I’m happy with making that definition.”
“Well, then how do you define that?” Wagner asked.
Wilmore offered a quick rebuttal.
“That’s how you come up with laws,” he said. “You come up with a process of defining it. We’ve already defined it with other laws. Look, our government already sponsors us killing people. We send drones to kill people. And I don’t see anybody marching against that. We send soldiers off and there job is to kill and it’s sponsored by the state.” More