Via Think Progress‘s Reagan Library Crowd Goes Wild For Perry’s 234 Executions (VIDEO):

[Moderator BRIAN] WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, a question about Texas. Your state has executed 234 death row inmates, more than any other governor in modern times. Have you…

(APPLAUSE)

I realize we’re talking about the execution of convicted murderers, and I realize many support the death penalty — that’s not at all what I’m taking issue with at the moment. What I take issue with is the applauding of the deaths of 234 human beings. That applause that interrupted Brian Williams’ question felt, to me, ghastly.

The response to the question Gov. Perry gave to Brian Williams’ question included the following:

“What do you make of that dynamic that just happened here?” Williams asked. “The mention of the execution of 234 people drew applause?”

“I think Americans understand justice,” Perry replied.

I think Americans are clearly, in the vast majority of — of cases, supportive of capital punishment. When you have committed heinous crimes against our citizens — and it’s a state-by-state issue, but in the state of Texas, our citizens have made that decision, and they made it clear, and they don’t want you to commit those crimes against our citizens. And if you do, you will face the ultimate justice.