So this election cycle (god help us) is looking more and more like an eventuality that translates to Trump getting hold of the Republican nomination and Hillary winning the Democratic primary, Hillary is of course out of the question we will talk a little bit more about her in upcoming posts, but for now I would like to give you a few reasons why I believe that it is not only Hillary, but Trump as well who is not worth your vote. Trump at least since declaring himself as a candidate for president has committed a gynocentric infraction or two, but nothing comparable to the well-documented history of Hillary Clinton and her pro-feminist gynocentric policies, part of this is because he very well may be less objectively gynocentric than Hillary Clinton, but there are indicators, slight but still there, that can give us some insight into the thought processes of a man who frankly has no political history to scrutinize, the gynocentric infractions by the way are evidenced by videos such as this:
Trump not only assures a random woman in the audience that he will “take care” of women regarding healthcare, he also states that Jeb Bush is wrong for resisting this despite the plethora of healthcare options available to women funded by the taxpayer that men do not have access to. In the same breath he even states that women are “far superior to men”, that statement alone should give you a window into the potential for Gynocentric policies this man holds and the ramifications of what that would mean if he ever got into office. But my major beef with him is from the distant past. An article from the Guardian gives an account of the fervor with which the man can descend into all out rape hysteria, the article titled Donald Trump and the Central Park Five: the racially charged rise of a demagogue details the case of five African-American adolescent men the youngest of which was 12 years old, who were falsely accused of brutally raping a white female investment banker while jogging through Central Park, the article states the following…
Yusef Salaam was 15 years old when Donald Trump demanded his execution for a crime he did not commit.
Nearly three decades before the rambunctious billionaire began his run for president – before he called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States, for the expulsion of all undocumented migrants, before he branded Mexicans as “rapists” and was accused of mocking the disabled – Trump called for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following a horrific rape case in which five teenagers were wrongly convicted.
The miscarriage of justice is widely remembered as a definitive moment in New York’s fractured race relations. But Trump’s intervention – he signed full-page newspaper advertisements implicitly calling for the boys to die – has been gradually overlooked as the businessman’s chances of winning the Republican nomination have rapidly increased. Now those involved in the case of the so-called Central Park Five and its aftermath say Trump’s rhetoric served as an unlikely precursor to a unique brand of divisive populism that has powered his rise to political prominence in 2016.
“He was the fire starter,” Salaam said of Trump, in his first extended interview since Trump announced his run for the White House. “Common citizens were being manipulated and swayed into believing that we were guilty.”
Considering the known sentencing gap between men and women and how women are convicted less often and serve less time for the same crimes as men, considering that 98% of death penalty executions in America are male, and considering that it is a cross-cultural worldwide phenomenon that women are less likely to be executed than men, with Russia being one of the worst examples that explicitly bans the death penalty for women altogether, calling for the death penalty in such a way is in my opinion an act of violence anyway you slice it. Men executed by capital punishment are statistically not receiving a fair trial, they’re more likely to be convicted simply for having the wrong genitals, plus the fact that Trump called for the death penalty before these men were even convicted speaks volumes. The article continues;
It was 1989. The crack epidemic had torn through New York as poverty soared to 25% and the city’s elites reaped the rewards of a booming Wall Street. The murder rate had risen to 1,896 killings a year; 3,254 rapes would be reported in the five boroughs, but only one captured the city’s extended attention and later exposed bias in its criminal justice system and media establishment.
On the evening of 19 April, as 28-year-old investment banker Trisha Meili, who was white, jogged across the northern, dilapidated section of Central Park, she was brutally attacked – bludgeoned with a rock, gagged, tied and raped. She was left for dead but discovered hours later, unconscious and suffering from hypothermia and severe brain damage.
The New York police department believed they already had the culprits in custody.
That same night, a group of more than 30 youths had entered the park from East Harlem. Some engaged in a rampage of random criminality, hurling rocks at cars, assaulting and mugging passersby. Among the group was Salaam, along with 14-year-olds Raymond Santana and Kevin Richardson, 15-year-old Antron McCray and 16-year-old Korey Wise. The teenagers – four African American and one Hispanic – would become known collectively as the Central Park Five.
Now were these teenagers up to no good? were they committing crimes that they absolutely should have been arrested for?, absolutely nobody denies this, but it is another thing altogether to say they are rapists and as we will see they were not, the article then recounts how forced confessions were extracted from the central park five.
They would all later deny any involvement in criminality that night, but as they were rounded up and interrogated by the police at length, they said, they were forced into confessing to the rape.
“I would hear them beating up Korey Wise in the next room,” recalled Salaam. “They would come and look at me and say: ‘You realise you’re next.’ The fear made me feel really like I was not going to be able to make it out.”
Four of the boys signed confessions and appeared on video without a lawyer, each arguing that while they had not been the individual to commit the rape they had witnessed one of the others do it, thereby implicating the entire group.
The city erupted. The case came to embody not only fears that accompanied the dramatic rise of violent crime in New York, but also its perceived racial dynamics. The case of a black woman, raped the same day in Brooklyn by two men who threw her from the roof of a four-story building, received little media attention.
Just two weeks after the Central Park attack, before any of the boys had faced trial and while Meili remained critically ill in a coma, Donald Trump, whose office on Fifth Avenue commanded an exquisite view of the park’s opulent southern frontier, intervened.
He paid a reported $85,000 to take out advertising space in four of the city’s newspapers, including the New York Times. Under the headline “Bring Back The Death Penalty. Bring Back The Police!” and above his signature, Trump wrote: “I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.”
Salaam, now 41, cannot remember exactly where he was when he first saw the ads. He had no idea who Trump was. “I knew that this famous person calling for us to die was very serious,” he recalled.
“We were all afraid. Our families were afraid. Our loved ones were afraid. For us to walk around as if we had a target on our backs, that’s how things were.”
All five minors had already been paraded in front of the cameras and had their names and addresses published, but Salaam said he and his family received more death threats after the papers ran Trump’s full-page screed. On a daytime TV show two days later, a female audience member called for the boys to be castrated and echoed the calls for the death penalty if Meili died. Pat Buchanan, the former Republican White House aide, called for the oldest of the group, Wise, to be “tried, convicted and hanged in Central Park by June 1”.
I’m starting to become convinced that there are people in this world that absolutely love violence, love to watch violence, call for violence, and demand violence be visited upon others, but do not wish others to know that they are only doing so for their sick perverse desire to see others suffer. Thus they wait until a sufficiently dastardly and horrific crime comes along and project their sick deviant bloodlust on the (almost always men) who stand accused of heinous crimes, they care nothing about justice, they care nothing about what’s right, they just want blood they want the justice system to give them a fix. However, given what we know about the biases regarding the death penalty and capital punishment, the fact that Donald Trump put up a sum of $85,000 toward an advertising blitz/campaign in the major publications of New York at the time asking for death, for blood can serve as a harbinger of what we can expect as men under the Trump presidency, but perhaps I’m being unreasonable? perhaps I should give Trump the benefit of the doubt, perhaps he genuinely thought that these men were murderers and rapists and although I disagree with capital punishment for any crime, maybe he really was just understandably outraged at what he genuinely believed the Central Park five did and wanted to give them justice Old Testament style… but as you’ll see even today he displays no remorse for his part in manufacturing the hysteria that could have very well had these boys executed for crimes they did not commit.
All five boys pleaded not guilty at trial the following year. The prosecution’s case rested almost entirely on the confessions they had given shortly after the incident. As would become crucial later on, there was no DNA evidence linking any of them to the crime scene and Meili, who made a miraculous recovery and testified in court, could not remember any details of the attack.
The jury found all five boys guilty. The court condemned them to prison to serve sentences ranging from five to 10 years and five to 15 years. Wise, who had remained in the city’s notorious Rikers Island jail, was sentenced as an adult.
Michael Warren, the veteran New York civil rights lawyer who would later come to represent the Central Park Five, is certain that Trump’s advertisements played a role in securing conviction.
“He poisoned the minds of many people who lived in New York and who, rightfully, had a natural affinity for the victim,” said Warren. “Notwithstanding the jurors’ assertions that they could be fair and impartial, some of them or their families, who naturally have influence, had to be affected by the inflammatory rhetoric in the ads.”
A spokeswoman for Trump’s campaign declined to comment.
In 2002, after Salaam had served seven years in prison, Matias Reyes, a violent serial rapist and murderer already serving life inside, came forward and confessed to the Central Park rape. He stated that he had acted by himself. A re-examination of DNA evidence proved it was his semen alone found on Meili’s body, and just before Christmas that year, the convictions against each member of the Central Park Five were vacated by New York’s supreme court.
By this point, Trump had gotten his wish: the death penalty had been reinstated in New York since 1995, at great cost to the state. It was subsequently abolished in 2007, without a single execution carried out.
Following a 14-year court battle, the Central Park Five settled a civil case with the city for $41m in 2014. But far from offering an apology for his conduct in 1989, Trump was furious.
In an opinion piece for the New York Daily News, he described the case as the “heist of the century”.
“Settling doesn’t mean innocence, but it indicates incompetence on several levels,” Trump wrote, alluding to how police and prosecutors initially involved in the case have long maintained the five boys were involved in the rape, even after the convictions were thrown out.
So still, even today Trump is unrepentant, even knowing that there is no DNA evidence linking the Central Park five of the crime, even knowing that there is a confessed killer whose DNA did match that found on the victim, the man stubbornly clings to the idea that they are still somehow guilty, seemingly unable to admit his wrong, rape hysteria is no joke gentleman, consider that if you’re thinking about pulling a lever for Trump in the 2016 election, and yes Hillary is almost certainly worse, but that doesn’t mean Trump is much better, next time it may be you that gets falsely accused of rape, and what you think Trump will say about you?