Donald Trump Dog-Whistles Again
A certain bloviating pompadoured multimillionaire is peeved over the fact that five men falsely convicted of raping a jogger are getting a $40 million settlement from New York City:
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.
What about the other people who were brutalized that night, in addition to the jogger?
Translation: “They’re guilty of something, and it must be the mugging of other people in Central Park that night, because they’re so obviously, well, not white!”
The good folks at HuffPo point out that this is not the first time that The Hairdo That Roared has mouthed off about the Central Park 5:
On May 1, 1989, while the case was in the media spotlight, Trump took out full-page advertisements in four New York newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty and saying that “criminals of every age” who raped the woman in Central park should “be afraid,” according to The New York Times.
Last year, TheGrio.com reported that Trump tweeted, then deleted, the question: “what were the men doing in the park, playing checkers?”
He may be an alleged wizard in real estate, but Donald Trump has not yet mastered The Art of Managing Your Mouth (unless he is trying to dog-whistle the Tea Party base for yet another gloriously shambolic run at the White House or Governor’s Mansion).