Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when Donald Trump demanded his execution for a crime he did not commit.
Nearly three decades before the rambunctious billionaire began his run for president – before he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, for the expulsion of all undocumented migrants, before he branded Mexicans as “rapists” and was accused of mocking the disabled – Trump called for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following a horrific rape case in which five teenagers were wrongly convicted.
The miscarriage of justice is widely remembered as a definitive moment in New York’s fractured race relations. But Trump’s intervention – he signed full-page newspaper advertisements implicitly calling for the boys to die – has been gradually overlooked as the businessman’s chances of winning the Republican nomination have rapidly increased. Now those involved in the case of the so-called Central Park Five and its aftermath say Trump’s rhetoric served as an unlikely precursor to a unique brand of divisive populism that has powered his rise to political prominence in 2016.
‘He poisoned the minds of New York’
Just two weeks after the Central Park attack, before any of the boys had faced trial and while Meili remained critically ill in a coma, Donald Trump, whose office on Fifth Avenue commanded an exquisite view of the park’s opulent southern frontier, intervened.
He paid a reported $85,000 to take out advertising space in four of the city’s newspapers, including the New York Times. Under the headline “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back The Police!” and above his signature, Trump wrote: “I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.”
Salaam, now 41, cannot remember exactly where he was when he first saw the ads. He had no idea who Trump was. “I knew that this famous person calling for us to die was very serious,” he recalled.
“We were all afraid. Our families were afraid. Our loved ones were afraid. For us to walk around as if we had a target on our backs, that’s how things were.”
All five minors had already been paraded in front of the cameras and had their names and addresses published, but Salaam said he and his family received more death threats after the papers ran Trump’s full-page screed. On a daytime TV show two days later, a female audience member called for the boys to be castrated and echoed the calls for the death penalty if Meili died. Pat Buchanan, the former Republican White House aide, called for the oldest of the group, Wise, to be “tried, convicted and hanged in Central Park by June 1”.
“Had this been the 1950s, that sick type of justice that they wanted – somebody from that darker place of society would have most certainly came to our homes, dragged us from our beds and hung us from trees in Central Park. It would have been similar to what they did to Emmett Till,” Salaam said.
The jury found all five boys guilty. The court condemned them to prison to serve sentences ranging from five to 10 years and five to 15 years. Wise, who had remained in the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail, was sentenced as an adult.
Michael Warren, the veteran New York civil rights lawyer who would later come to represent the Central Park Five, is certain that Trump’s advertisements played a role in securing conviction.
“He poisoned the minds of many people who lived in New York and who, rightfully, had a natural affinity for the victim,” said Warren. “Notwithstanding the jurors’ assertions that they could be fair and impartial, some of them or their families, who naturally have influence, had to be affected by the inflammatory rhetoric in the ads.”
Following a 14-year court battle, the Central Park Five settled a civil case with the city for $41m in 2014. But far from offering an apology for his conduct in 1989, Trump was furious.
In an opinion piece for the New York Daily News, he described the case as the “heist of the century”.
“Settling doesn’t mean innocence, but it indicates incompetence on several levels,” Trump wrote, alluding to how police and prosecutors initially involved in the case have long maintained the five boys were involved in the rape, even after the convictions were thrown out.
The above ad that Trump took out is more proof that a Presidency under him, includes Martial Law, Death Penalty, Water Boarding, War and much more. THIS is a angry, insensitive individual who has raped more than one person. Why the RW supports him is because of his crazed supporters and they agree in his racism, hate and Profits Over Humanity ideology. The 2nd Amendment support to protect SCOTUS appointees is rhetoric. Hillary Clinton has never once mentioned repealing it. AND, since the Republicans are owned by the NRA, they stick with TheDunce, supporting his racist, hateful, ignorant rhetoric.
Donald Trump fought hard in 1989 to get 5 young boys convicted of raping a young woman. Then, when someone came out and admitted to committing the rape and the boys got out after 7 to 14 years, he double downed.
Aaron, Brandon, and Jaysin with special guest host Sirena, discuss Trump's racism and how he fought to get five young boys convicted of rape and demanded they get the death penalty.
Donald Trump has proven his dislike for Blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics:
In February 2000, when Trump was again flirting with a run for the White House, he took out anonymous ads in local upstate New York newspapers, in an effort to shut down a rival casino backed by a group of Native Americans. Beneath a picture of needles and drug paraphernalia, the ad stated: “Are these the new neighbors we want?”
One year after the Central Park Five were convicted, John O’Donnell, a former executive who ran Trump Plaza hotel and casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, published a tell-all alluding to his former boss’s casual racism behind closed doors.
He quoted Trump as saying: “I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
In a later interview with Playboy magazine, Trump labelled his former employee a “fucking loser” but added: “The stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true.”
He has since frequently condoned and incited violence against protesters at his rallies, and has vowed to bring back waterboarding of terror suspects. In referencing a promise to issue an executive order to mandatorily execute anyone in the US who kills a police officer, he said: “We just can’t afford any more to be so politically correct.”
You were almost certainly waiting for Fox News military analyst Donald Trump to weigh in on the events in Ferguson, and on his regular Monday morning Fox & Friends slot your prayers were answered, when Trump thoroughly befuddled the F&F troika by alleging that the media was ignoring the racial angle of the Ferguson case...
Trump complains that the media is bias against him, but FoxNews is a huge supporter, who systematically attack the Black Community. And, they are taken as facts, even though it has been proven that 60% of its 'Facts' are LIES. They following the RW agenda, instituted by the Powell Memo. Trump gets his news from FoxNews because it aligns with his ideology.
Fox has an awful record of airing bigoted views and highly problematic framing around race issues.
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SO, as Trump spreads rhetoric against Hillary Clinton, who defends and fights for equality..... Let us continually call out the RW Lies and Racism. When one says that they are not going to 'be PC', means that they have been affected by the racist brainwashing of the Right. It means that they believe is Separatism. It means that they believe America should be White again. It means that they believe only Christians are worthy. It means that they refuse to find their own Truths.
Trump is a Racist.
Trump is a Rapist.
Trump is a Separatist.
Trump is a Sexist / Misogynist.
Trump is a Negativist.
Trump is a Narcissist.
Trump is an Elitist.
Trump is a Capitalist.
Trump is a Corruptionist.
Trump is a Dogmatist.
Trump is a Big Lie Theorist.
Trump is a Sociopathic RW Extremist.
Trump is a Supremacist.
Trump is a Ultra-segregationist.