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Trump’s ‘law and order’ rhetoric just got annihilated by a member of the Central Park 5

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Nearly thirty years have passed since a group of teenagers were wrongfully imprisoned for brutally attacking and raping a 28-year-old woman in Central Park.

The group of boys, now known as the Central Park 5, were interrogated by police after being deprived of “food, drink or sleep for more than 24 hours,” Yusef Salaam writes in an article for the Washington Post.

Salaam recounts how, back in 1989, he and three of the boys — all black and Latino — falsely confessed to the crime under duress. “Though we were innocent,” he writes, “we spent our formative years in prison, branded as rapists.”

At the time, Donald Trump spent $85,000 on a full-page ad in four newspapers across the city of New York, which read “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back Our Police!”

The Central Park 5 were exonerated in 2002 — after spending 13 years in prison — when Matias Reyes confessed to raping the woman and DNA evidence proved the same.

Donald Trump, who is now the presidential nominee of a major political party stands by his initial statement on the Central Park 5.

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In a statement he made to CNN last week, the GOP nominee said, “They admitted they were guilty. The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

Salaam writes, the fact that Trump stands by his dangerous claims even now is “further proof of his bias, racism and inability to admit that he’s wrong.”

He explains:

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In some ways, I feel like I’m on trial all over again. Like Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown, young men who were killed and then crucified in the media, I know what it is to be a young black man without a voice. Even though we were found innocent by a court of law, we are still guilty in the court of public opinion. That brings a certain kind of stress.

Trump has run a violently racist campaign over the last 16 months. He has targeted black Americans, Mexicans, undocumented immigrants, and Muslims, while calling for “law and order,” and an increase in policing.

He has proudly suggested that racialized policing tactics like broken windows and stop and frisk policies be reinstated in the inner cities of Chicago and New York, in order to “Make America Safe Again.” But make America safe for whom?

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“Black people across America know that because of the color of our skin, we are guilty before proven innocent,” Salaam writes. “As a result, sometimes we lose the best years of our lives. Sometimes we lose our actual lives. We must not let this man ascend to the highest office in the land when he has always proven that he lets neither facts nor humanity lead his steps.”


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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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