This is the full-page advertisement Donald Trump took out calling for the execution of the Central Park Five.
They were later exonerated by DNA evidence, although President Trump maintains that they are guilty. pic.twitter.com/vspZemnW93
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 10, 2018
Trump offered a reward to have these innocent men lynched, and to this day refuses to accept that they were not the attackers.
Courtesy of USA Today:
It’s an eerily prescient exchange that’s sure to spark conversation among viewers of Ava DuVernay’s new four-part drama, now streaming, which follows a group of black and Hispanic teenagers who were convicted (and later exonerated) in connection with the 1989 rape of jogger Trisha Meili, a 28-year-old white investment banker.
At the time of the brutal assault, Trump was a high-powered New York real-estate mogul adamant about cracking down on crime. Although no DNA evidence connected the boys, aged 14 to 16, to the attack, that didn’t stop Trump from spending $85,000 on full-page ads in four city newspapers, calling for their executions.
“BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE,” read the alarming ads, which Trump accompanied with a first-person article. “I want to hate these murderers and I always will. I am not looking to psychoanalyze or understand them, I am looking to punish them.”
The papers, along with news footage of Trump, are shown throughout the second episode of “When They See Us,” although DuVernay made a deliberate choice to keep his presence to a minimum.
“It was a big question for me going into it,” she says. “There’s a world in which I actually cast an actor to be (Trump) and get into that piece of it, but this story is about the accused boys who became exonerated men. So the decision was to just have him in as needed and to let him speak for himself through clips, which we use very judiciously. I found that whatever he had to say wasn’t as fascinating or interesting to me as what the men had to say.”
Allowing Trump’s own words to damn him is a good choice for this director.
Trump is forever claiming that he is misrepresented, but that is a lot harder to do when they simply run video of him making the statements.
Speaking of video here is some provided by CNN of Trump making the original statements, and then defending them only a short time ago. (Link)
Perhaps somebody should send this to Jared Kushner so he can be reminded that his father-in-law has always been a racist POS.