One of the many wonderful things America's #1 Ambulatory Shitstain Donald Trump did before he attempted to destroy Planet Earth was get involved in the Central Park 5 case. Back in 1989, Trump took out ads condemning the five teenagers who were (wrongfully) convicted of attacking a jogger in the park, calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty. All five men have since been exonerated by DNA evidence and received a collective $41 million settlement from the city—but Trump has no time for scientific proof, and he still says they're guilty.
In a statement to CNN this week, Trump claimed the DNA evidence didn't prove anything, and the men are still guilty. "They admitted they were guilty," he said. "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."
Antron McCray, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Korey Wise spent years in prison for the rape and near fatal assault of Trisha Melli. But in 2002, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the crime, and his DNA matched the DNA found at the crime scene. Then-Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau had the five men's convictions vacated, and they received their settlement in 2014—a settlement which Trump, then just a bigoted reality-TV idiot instead of a bigoted presidential candidate idiot, called "politics at its lowest and worst form," in a Daily News op-ed. "These young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels," Trump opined, in his now-familiar racially loaded way.
Trump shows a blatant disregard for our country's legal process, just as he shows a blatant disregard for our political process, tax system, Constitutional rights, and hair sensibilities. These men wasted years behind bars for a crime our courts have since asserted they did not commit. As tweeted by Santana, who served 5 years in prison:
— The central park 5 (@santanaraymond) October 7, 2016
Only 31 days until we can (HOPEFULLY) toss Trump back into the fools-gold lined dumpster from whence he tragically crawled.