Election 2016: a guide to winning the Murder Vote

The president of the United States will be asked to make difficult, life-and-death decisions while in office, and at some point every candidate for office will have to prove their mettle to voters. But there’s also, apparently, a phenomenon that I will call the Murder Vote. The Murder Vote is not won simply by promising a hawkish foreign policy, supporting the death penalty, or otherwise indicating a willingness to deploy state violence. No, the Murder Vote requires proving to the American people that you could stand up and murder somebody right this minute. You’re just, in your presidential magnanimity, kindly allowing us all to live.

This week’s apparent attempt at clinching the Murder Vote is Florida governor Jeb Bush.

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