Radley Balko of Reason notes a time when Donald Trump didn’t need proof, in reference to Donald Trump taking out a full page ad in four New York City newspapers in 1989 calling for the execution of five juveniles who were alleged to have raped and beaten a woman nearly to death in the infamous “Central Park Jogger” case. At the time rape was not a capital crime and none of the alleged perpetrators was even 16 years old, and each of the alleged attackers was later exonerated by both DNA evidence and the confession of another individual. Among the wrongly convicted was Raymond Santana, who now wants Donald Trump to apologize for rushing to judgment and for calling for the death penalty for five juveniles:
Santana was 14 years old at the time. He says Trump’s call for the “death penalty” helped fuel the media firestorm before the suspects even went to trial.
“It says a lot about his character. If he can give the death penalty to 14-year-old, 15-year-old kids then there’s nothing he would not do. Those are characteristics of a tyrant, not characteristics of a president,” Santana said.
Santana served seven years in prison in connection with the rape and beating of Trisha Meili.
Obviously I’m no fan of Donald Trump, but the fact that he supports putting juveniles to death is simply breathtaking and speaks volumes about the man’s character – or lack thereof.