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Trump’s Continued Attacks Against the Central Park 5 Says a Lot About Trump

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Donald Trump continues to brutalize the Central Park 5, years after they were exonerated, and another man conclusively identified as the perpetrator of the horrific crime.

The underlying crime was shocking. As CNN summarized:

“A 28-year-old banker who had been jogging at night in Central Park was raped, bludgeoned with a rock and was found hours later, tied up, stripped and suffering from hypothermia and brain damage.

A group of five teenage boys who were in the park at the time and who may have been involved in committing other crimes were arrested for the assault. After extended questioning over two days — during which the suspects claim they were deprived of sleep and food — police say they confessed to the crime. None acknowledged actually raping the victim, instead pointing fingers at the others.
After the attack, Donald Trump took out full page ads in four newspapers that called for the five teens to be put to death for the crime. “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,” Trump said in his ads.
In fact, the teens were completely innocent.
The actual perpetrator, a convicted rapist and murderer, confessed to the assault in 2002 and his DNC matched semen found on the victim. No DNA evidence has been found to link any of the Central Park 5 to the vicious attack.
Not only were the Central Park 5 fully exonerated, but in 2014, the City of New York agreed to pay them $41 million as compensation for their wrongful prosecution and ultimate conviction.
Despite the overwhelming and conclusive nature of the evidence, and the fact that the group was exonerated and awarded a substantial settlement, Donald Trump remains one of the only people on the planet to continue to stick to his false claim that the men are guilty.
Just this week, in a statement, Trump said:
“They admitted they were guilty. The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”
The only admission from Trump has been last year when he finally said that contrary to what he had originally said, the Central Park 5 should not have been given the death penalty because the victim did not die. But then, he doubled down again on the settlement, “They should be very thankful I wasn’t mayor because they wouldn’t have gotten a dime.”
Indeed, Trump has not one ounce of sympathy in the face of overwhelming and conclusive evidence that these men spent much of the formative years of their lives in prison; that they were not able to attend school; that they were robbed of the opportunity to go to college or start a career; that they basically lost much of their teens and twenties.
Perhaps, Trump’s refusal to accept indisputable and conclusive evidence of the innocence of these men should not come as much of a surprise. After all, he continued to lead the completely unsustainable and racist birther movement years after President Obama produced his birth certificate, and to this day, has not apologized or even said that he was wrong.
The Republican nominee has so many substantial and disqualifying shortcomings that it is hard to point out which one is the worst or even which three or five are the worst. But his complete inability to admit to being wrong or to have even the slightest empathy is definitely among the worst and most disqualifying.
The thoughts and opinions expressed here are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Citizen Slant.

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