*We don’t call him the orange a-hole in the White House for nothing. Donald Trump has has more than EARNED that name and we’ve got more proof.
On his way to kick off his re-election campaign with a MAGA rally in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday. Before he departed for Florida, he took questions from reporters.
White House correspondent April Ryan was one of those reporters and she asked Trump if he would apologize to the Central Park Five after famously taking out a full page ad that called for their executions.
“Why do you bring that question up now?” he asked her. Apparently he’s clueless about appearing (via old footage) in the new Netflix/Ava DuVernay film “When They See Us.“
“You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt,” Trump replied, referring to the forced confessions from the Black and Latino males, who were then ages 14-16.
As has been widely reported, the five teens recanted their confessions at trial, but they were convicted of raping and assaulting the then-28-year-old female jogger in Central Park in 1989. Their convictions were later overturned after another man confessed to the rape and assault. Additionally, his DNA matched the DNA found on the victim, while NONE of the Five’s DNA were found on the victim.
The five men – Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Korey Wise – received a $40 million settlement for wrongful conviction in 2014.
Of course the settlement only angered Trump. In an op-ed published in the New York Daily News in 2014, Trump called the settlement a “disgrace.”
It isn’t clear if Trump knew that the four men were exonerated by DNA tests that proved they did not rape the jogger.
“My opinion on the settlement of the Central Park Jogger case is that it’s a disgrace. A detective close to the case, and who has followed it since 1989, calls it “the heist of the century.”
Settling doesn’t mean innocence, but it indicates incompetence on several levels. This case has not been dormant, and many people have asked why it took so long to settle? It is politics at its lowest and worst form.”
Here’s Ava DuVeranay had to say in response to Trump.
“It’s expected. I just don’t think it’s that much, it’s not a big deal to me,” DuVernay said Tuesday night at a screening of her Netflix series “When They See Us,” which chronicles the arrest, imprisonment and eventual exoneration of the Central Park five.
“There’s nothing that he says or does in relation to this case, in relation to the lives of five people of color, that really has any weight to it or truth to it,” DuVernay continued. “It’s not our reality, it’s not truthful. We already know this, so it’s kind of like, why do we keep banging our head against the wall about it? I’m surprised it took him so long. I was waiting every day to get a tweet.”
The bottom line is that despite overwhelming proof the Five are innocent, the orange a-hole in the White House simply doesn’t care.
“These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels,” Trump said in 2014.
And this is from a man that wants the black community to embrace him in 2020.