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Trump weighs in on Central Park Five settlement

The real estate and reality TV mogul called the $40M deal a “disgrace”
June 21, 2014 03:00PM

 Twelve years after the convictions of the Central Park Five were vacated, following a confession and DNA evidence from Matias Reyes in the infamous rape case, the city is settling for $40 million. And in true Trump fashion, the Donald is weighing in.

In an editorial in the New York Daily News, Trump denounced the settlement with the five men wrongly accused of the attack, writing that, “My opinion on the settlement of the Central Park Jogger case is that it’s a disgrace.”

“Forty million dollars is a lot of money for the taxpayers of New York to pay when we are already the highest taxed city and state in the country,” Trump wrote. “The recipients must be laughing out loud at the stupidity of the city.”

Trump argues that regardless of whether they committed the crime, “these young men do not exactly have the pasts of angels.”

“As citizens and taxpayers, we deserve better than this,” quoth Trump. [NYDN]Christopher Cameron