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Remembering When Donald Trump Falsely Accused 5 Boys of Rape — And Actually Ruined Their Lives

October 3, 2018 in Blogs

By Hunter, Daily Kos

The lives of the Central Park 5 were shattered by Donald Trump, his ego, and his racism.


“I think that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump said Tuesday afternoon outside the White House. “This is a very difficult time.” [...]

“You could be somebody that was perfect their entire life and someone could accuse you of something,” Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “You are truly guilty until proven innocent.”

At the rally in Southaven, Miss., on Tuesday night, Trump went further.

[...] Trump said. “And a man's life is in tatters! A man's life is shattered.” [...] 

“Think of your son,” Trump said. “Think of your husband.” — www.npr.org/…

It is quite surprising to see Donald Trump suddenly develop sympathy for people falsely accused of sexual assault.

It is not, however, a shock that his sympathy only manifests itself when the accused is a rich, Republican, middle-aged, white man.

Back in 1989, Trump had no fear of shattering lives. In fact, he led a lynch mob, taking out full page advertisements in every New York paper demanding that the death penalty be applied in the Central Park Jogger case.

The NYPD had arrested five black or brown children between 14 and 16 to demonstrate speedy progress after a horrific assault that led a young woman fighting for her life. NPYD detectives forced confessions, in the absence of lawyers or parents, from 4 of the 5 children.

Reflecting on that moment decades later, one of the young boys, Yusuf Salaam said:

“He was the fire starter,” Salaam said of Trump, in his first extended interview since Trump announced his run for the White House. “Common citizens were being manipulated and swayed into believing that we were guilty.” — www.theguardian.com/…

Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Korey Wise, Antron McCray, and Raymond Santana, the five children who were falsely accused of rape and assault by Donald Trump were eventually exonerated in 2002. No physical evidence had ever tied them to the victim or the scene, but they’d been convicted nonetheless, on the basis of coerced confessions extracted …read more


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