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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Donald Trump and the Central Park Five - The New Yorker

And, in early May, 1989, Donald Trump took out a full-page ad in theDaily News to say what he thought he knew about the case. Trump was on the front page of the papers often enough that season; thePosts “SPLIT!” headline marking the end of his marriage would help fill the tabloid space between the teen-agers’ arrest and their conviction, as did “MARLA BOASTS TO HER PALS ABOUT DONALD: ‘BEST SEX I’VE EVER HAD,’ ” which quoted his then-mistress and second wife; soon, there was also coverage of his baroque business failures. Perhaps he thought it gave him gravitas, that spring, to weigh in on the character of the teen-agers in the park: “How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!” And his headline suggested what ought to be done with them:
BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY.
BRING BACK OUR POLICE!"
They were later exonerated!  Trump refused to apologize. 
Donald Trump and the Central Park Five - The New Yorker

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