Central Park 5 exoneree Yusef Salaam blasts Trump for Rob Porter 'due process' hypocrisy
A member of the Central Park Five on Sunday blasted President Trump for hypocrisy after he demanded “due process,” apparently for powerful men accused of domestic abuse and sexual misconduct.
Yusef Salaam, who was wrongfully convicted for raping and beating a jogger, said the President acted out of “his own affluenza” to protect White House staffer Rob Porter, who allegedly beat two ex-wives.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” Trump said Saturday. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
Salaam said Trump failed to give him the same courtesy in 1989 when he paid for a full-page ad calling for the death penalty for the five teens accused in the 1989 Manhattan attack.
“The Central Park Five, their families,” Salaam began in an MSNBC interview. “We were not able to move on with our lives. Our lives were completely destroyed and devastated.”
“Any kind of dream or idea or goal that we had in life was quickly erased by this accusation,” Salaam said.
The five black and Latino teens — now middle-aged men — were exonerated in 2002 after the real culprit confessed to the brutal sex assault.
Salaam applauded his friend Raymond Santana, another member of the Central Park Five, for similarly targeting Trump for his Saturday morning tweet.
“You should have spoke like that back in 1989,” Santana wrote. “You called for the #deathpenalty, we were 14 & 15 years old.. #kids”