Trump’s Self-Serving Tweets Angrily Call for the Death Penalty After Terror Attack in New York

Share on Facebook

On April 19, 1989, 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili, a white woman, was jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park when she was hit over the head with a rock, tied-up, gagged, and raped. It was a crime that would shock the nation, and deepen the already rancorous divisions in racially divided New York.

Then along came Donald Trump.

“Bring back the death penalty. Bring back our police!” the ads read. They were a thinly-veiled reference to the suspected perpetrators of the crime, 15-year-old Yusef Salaam, 14-year-old Raymond Santana, 14-year-old Kevin Richardson, 15-year-old Antron McCray and 16-year-old Korey Wise. Four of the boys were black, one was Latino.

The boys, who confessed after several hours of sleep deprivation, interrogation, and beatings by the NYPD, were found guilty and given sentences of five to fifteen years in prison.  

By then, the boys had already spent seven years in prison. Although they won a $41 million dollar settlement, the damage was done. Trump never apologized, and even now, still says the boys were guilty. Yusef Salaam believes Trump is partly to blame for their false imprisonment. “He was the fire starter,” Salaam said to The Guardian. “Common citizens were being manipulated and swayed into believing that we were guilty.”

Michael D’Antonio, who wrote The Truth About Trump agrees.

“He has this penchant for what you might call otherising,” D’Antonio said. “I think he knew what he was doing by taking a side, and I think he knew he was aligning himself with law and order, especially white law and order. I don’t think that he was consciously saying ‘I’d like to whip up racial animosity’, but his impulse is to run into conflict and controversy rather than try to help people understand what might be going on in a reasoned way.”

On Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, an immigrant from Uzbekistan plowed into a crowded bike path in Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring 11. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attacks, and Saipov, who survived, reportedly asked for an ISIS flag in his room. It was a national tragedy, and a horrific moment for the nation.

He then followed it up with this tweet:

…There is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed. Should move fast. DEATH PENALTY!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined
took to Twitter
undefined

I see you haven’t changed since the “CentralParkFive days! Will you take out a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for death penalty?

— COGIC Family Service (@COGICFamily) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

If you look at these pictures and only see one terrorist, you are a racist, disgraceful, reprobate riling up your racist base! pic.twitter.com/EBdctvYsN2

— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

You should take out an ad in the Times to make sure everyone knows he should get the death penalty too.

— Travon Free (@Travon) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

Your “extreme vetting” would’ve kept out Steve Jobs’ father, a Syrian refugee. You couldn’t tweet racist nonsense on ur iPhone this morning! pic.twitter.com/qkVV2DV4KD

— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

Advocating the death penalty before trial isn’t justice, it’s a lynching. I despise what this man did to our city, but Trump is wrong here. https://t.co/YM80cFj7B6

— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

How Trump responded one month ago when a white man shot nearly 600 Americans vs Manhattan terrorism.

Thoughts and prayers vs death penalty. pic.twitter.com/0ymv9wL6Fl — Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

In Donald Trump’s America, black and brown people deserve the death penalty. White people get thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/b9nt6FqoJS

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

Trump makes a mockery of our system of gov’t, our judicial system, & has obstructed justice several times now. Calling for the death penalty on a suspect who hasn’t gone to trial yet is just another offense @GOP will let him continue for his reality shitshow presidency.

— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) November 2, 2017
undefined

undefined

White man killed 7.5x more people in LV. Trump wouldn’t even say “gun/guns” in speech. Now tweets “DEATH PENALTY!” because of race/religion.

— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 2, 2017
undefined


When Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and wounded nearly 600, Trump tweeted:

My warmest condolences and sympathies to the victims and families of the terrible Las Vegas shooting. God bless you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 2, 2017
undefined

undefined
asked
undefined

He condemned the assailant.

In NYC, looks like another attack by a very sick and deranged person. Law enforcement is following this closely. NOT IN THE U.S.A.!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
undefined

undefined

We must not allow ISIS to return, or enter, our country after defeating them in the Middle East and elsewhere. Enough!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 31, 2017
undefined

undefined

I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
undefined

undefined
falsely blamed
undefined

The terrorist came into our country through what is called the “Diversity Visa Lottery Program,” a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
undefined

undefined
based on a false assumption
undefined

We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter). @foxandfriends

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
undefined

undefined

As Chris Cilliza of CNN stated, “Trump is more than willing to seize on tragic events when they confirm his previous political and policy beliefs. He will effectively ignore them when they don’t.” The answer is even simpler than that. Trump only attacks a certain kind of person, and that person is overwhelmingly female, foreign, and black or brown-skinned. In the President’s eyes, the true threat to America is anyone who doesn’t look like him.