Two members of the Central Park Five spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night, and they argued that President Trump‘s defense of Rob Porter fits in quite well with Trump’s pattern of behavior.
Yusef Salaam and Raymond Santana were wrongfully convicted of raping and assaulting a jogger back in the ’90s. Trump not only called for their executions with a full page New York Times ad, but he still believes the two men are guilty despite both of them being exonerated by DNA evidence.
This, obviously, is rather different from how Trump has handled the accusations against Porter by wishing him a bright future and dismissing the women accusing the former White House aide of abuse. When Santana was asked for his thoughts about this, he said it wasn’t a surprise that Trump is doing “something that is dumb and is ignorant.”
Salaam hopped in by saying that Trump is showing signs of “affluenza” by giving Porter and other white people the benefit of the doubt, but not the Central Park Five. Santana agreed that race plays a part in Trump’s thinking, saying “here we are, Black and Latino boys who were 14 and 15 years old, and he didn’t mind giving us the death penalty…at the end of the day, this is his character.”
When asked if he would like Trump to apologize, Salaam said he abandoned all hope of getting a mea culpa from the president, saying “I can’t count on an apology from a person who doesn’t even know what it is to apologize.” Santana agreed, saying Trump had his chance to clean up his past mistake and he didn’t take it.
Watch above, via CNN.
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