The Central Park Five were exonerated in 2002 via conclusive DNA evidence proving they weren’t the ones who raped a Central Park jogger in 1989.
Now, after Ava DuVernay released her Netflix series “When They See Us,” the case has gained newfound interest among the public and even cost former prosecutor Linda Fairstein a board position in numerous organizations and her publishing agreement with Dutton Publishing.
Donald Trump is still not backing down after he originally placed a full-page ad in the New York Times in ‘89 calling for the death penalty in reaction to the then-ongoing case.
During a press conference on Tuesday (June 18), before he boarded a plane to Orlando in order to officially relaunch his reelection campaign, Trump was asked by American Urban Radio Networks White House correspondent April Ryan about the exonerated Central Park Five.
She prompted the question: “Mr. President, will you apologize to the Central Park Five? They’ve been exonerated, there have been videos shown about the case, when you came out with a full page ad saying that they should die, that they deserved the death penalty.”
His response? “Why do you bring that question up now?” Trump asked. “It’s an interesting time to bring it up.
“You have people on both sides of that,” Trump continued. “They admitted their guilt. If you look at Linda Fairstein, and you look at some of the prosecutors, they think that the city should never have settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that.”
Wow– April Ryan: “Mr. President, will you apologize for the Central Park 5?— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 18, 2019
Trump: “You have people on both sides of that. They admitted their guilt ... we’ll leave it at that.” pic.twitter.com/Cm3pQZ1Dis
Of course, Trump’s latest denial of wrongdoing inflamed many on social media. See what they had to say below.
Yes, there are people on both sides: those who advocate killing people who have been found innocent and people who aren't batshit crazy.— Jeremy Robinson (@ShimokitaJer) June 19, 2019
It’s also really interesting how Trump won’t go to an interview with investigators because “it’s a trap” but he completely 💯 believes the initial confessions of the Central Park 5 made under duress that clearly contradict physical evidence.— John (@DrSPff) June 19, 2019
The Central Park 5 were exonerated.— Jeff #TiredOfTrump 🇺🇸 (@JeffFromNH) June 19, 2019
DNA evidence proved their innocence.
The perpetrator confessed.
Trump is a racist. Always has been. Always will be.https://t.co/DPlEktpjJf
This is clearly Trump's Charlottesville X 2.— Howard Prince (@Howodd69) June 18, 2019
The Trump conviction I most want to see is the one for racism.— Leslie Proll (@LeslieProll) June 18, 2019
Infuriating. He is absolutely infuriating.— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) June 19, 2019
Trump obviously loves that "both sides" thing. He thinks it gets him out of the weeds, but 2+years into this, & we are all familiar with how he operates & who he really is.#CentralPark5— Normah Jean ☘ (@mjc5577) June 18, 2019
He's the poster child for the death penalty: a superpredator; an irredeemable repeat offender without remorse or compassion.— Soo Doe Nimh (@HydroCabron) June 19, 2019
He is precisely the type of career criminal for whom 19th-century societies reserved hanging. He only takes and destroys.
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