June 27, 2019

What Hasn't Changed Since the Crime Bill

“In vintage Donald Trump fashion, the attempt by the man in the White House to take down former vice president Joe Biden ended up with Don the Ripper ripping his own britches.

Trump tweeted this week: “Super Predator was the term associated with the 1994 Crime Bill that Sleepy Joe Biden was so heavily involved in passing. That was a dark period in American History, but has Sleepy Joe apologized? No!”

Trump claims that Biden’s support for the bill, plus the president’s own “support” of a bipartisan effort to reform the criminal-justice system, means black voters should support Trump, not Biden, in next year’s election.

But Trump led with his chin.

Critics were quick to point to the 1989 case of the Central Park Five, five black and Hispanic teenagers charged in connection with the rape of a jogger in Central Park. In the heat of the moment, Trump purchased full-page ads in New York City newspapers that read “BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!” The youths were later exonerated. But to this day, Trump hasn’t apologized.

Critics also cite Trump’s relentless spreading of the birther conspiracy theory about former president Barack Obama; Trump’s attacks against black congresswomen and journalists; his disparagement of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in protest of police treatment of blacks; and the federal lawsuit against him and his father accusing them of housing discrimination against blacks — an allegation Trump denied, and settled without admitting guilt.”

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