Donald Trump Remains An Asshole

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What's the difference between Donald Trump and your uncle who stares at everyone's breasts at Christmas, and spends the rest of his year calling in to talk-radio shows?

Not much these days, though the ersatz developer turned reality-show "star" has an ugly history of death penalty rants that makes his outburst Tuesday afternoon noteworthy.

"An absolute disgrace," is Trump's verdict on last week's Norway massacre, "but maybe the most disgraceful thing," says the Donald, is that the shooter won't be killed. They "ought to bring back the death penalty," says the Donald in his latest "From the Desk of Donald Trump" posting on YouTube. "They ought absolutely execute this maniac."

Also "absolutely a disgrace," says Trump, shifting with no transition and no sense of irony, is the murder conviction of American Amanda Knox in Italy. She should be freed immediately, said the Donald, calling the prosecutor "a maniac" and "a whacko." Knox in fact may be let go thanks to a new finding that the DNA evidence used to convict her may be contaminated.

Trump should know from wrongful convictions. In 1989 he spent $85,000 to place full-page ads in the Times, Post, Daily News and Newsday with the headline: BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!

Those ads were placed after the Central Park Wilding case that shook the city, after the indictment but before the conviction of five young black men of raping a white jogger.

In the ad, Trump says that while Mayor Koch "stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts... 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."

The ad continues: "How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their civil liberties end when an attack on our safety begins!"

The boys convicted of the attack, who Trump had wanted the state to kill as an example to the others like them, were freed in 2002, after serial rapist and murder, Matias Reyes, confessed that he had been the attacker and DNA evidence backed his account. (The five teenagers had been convicted mostly on the basis of their taped confessions.)

"No," Trump said when asked last year if he would apologize for the ads, after one of the released members of the "Central Park Five" called on him to do so as he upped his profile and promoted his reality show with idiotic talk of a presidential run. "They confessed. Now they say they didn't do it. Who am I supposed to believe?"


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mike
mike

Donald Trump speaks in behalf of the public security. It's been proven that the death penaltyis a deterent to would be violators.  The jerk(s) that accuse Trump of wrong doing are thescrewballs.Watch that pathetic type cry the loudest for justice if one of their's is mistreated.

Quentin
Quentin

I would give a mixed review to Trump. His calling for the death penalty in Norway is outrageous. He seems ignorant of the fact that Norway has rolling preventive detention provisions so this maniac is never getting out of prison.

On the Amanda Knox case Trump is right an always has been, though his call for a boycott of Italy is silly. What makes the Knox case hard to understand is that it is entirely a hoax--a Potemkin Village, if you will. Recently two neutral, court-appointed experts produced a 145 page evisceration of the police forensic work. This alone should free Knox. But the truth is every bit of the evidence against her is just as manufactured and contrived.

Kenkre_shankar
Kenkre_shankar

Trump is a moron. Why is he even in the news ? Why are we still fascinated about Casey Anthony ? Fascination with Trum or Anthony talks a lot about us then them. We need to grow up and follow news which matter.

gus
gus

Trump is delusional and a little crazy, but this article doesn't do much to show that.

guest
guest

1. What's the source from which you learned of the comments Trump made today? There's no citation.2. "Those ads were placed after the Central Park Wilding case that shook the city, and let [sic] to the conviction of five young black men of raping a white jogger." Really? The ads somehow influenced the detectives who extracted the false confessions?

Ipopirico
Ipopirico

If you ask me "Trump got it right!" and the only asshole I see here is Harry Siegel. . . .

mjm
mjm

methinks Trump is slowly losing his mind, if he hasn't already.

odgbar
odgbar

Donald Trump speaks for Donald Trump. Maybe if you weren't so far up his ass, you'd see that.

Rosemhoglund
Rosemhoglund

Mike,would you please site the proof that the death penalty is a deterent?  Love to study that more, for instance Texas! No murders ever happen in Texas?????

Harry Siegel
Harry Siegel

Guest, the source is the video Trump posted today, which is mentioned and linked in the post.

The words "let to" you mention were a typo - thanks for flagging that, and I've corrected the sentence, which now reads: "Those ads were placed after the Central Park Wilding case that shook the city, after the indictment but before the conviction of five young black men of raping a white jogger."

azipaybarah
azipaybarah

agree or disagree with Siegel's characterization of Trump, but he at least articulates why he is describing the real estate developer in such blunt terms. 

what are your reasons for describing Siegel the way you do?

guest
guest

"Guest, the source is the video Trump posted today, which is mentioned and linked in the post."

I don't remember it being mentioned, and I'm certain a link to it was not included, when I posted my comment.

It's good that you modified the post, though.

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