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Sat Dec 21, 2019, 04:13 AM

Salem Mayor On Trump's Witch Trials Remarks: 'Learn Some History'

By Philip Marcelo

BOSTON (AP) — The mayor of Salem, Mass., said President Donald Trump needs to "learn some history" after he claimed those accused in the city's infamous 17th century witch trials received more due process than he has as he faces impeachment.

Democratic Mayor Kim Driscoll wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the trials in 1692 included "powerless, innocent victims" who were “hanged or pressed to death” on scant evidence.

Twenty people suspected of witchcraft were killed in Salem, a coastal city about 20 miles north of downtown Boston, during a frenzy stoked by superstition, fear of disease and strangers, and jealousy. Nineteen were hanged, and one man was crushed by rocks.

The allegations against Trump, in contrast, are against a powerful world leader and come with “ample evidence" and "admissions of wrongdoing," Driscoll said.

Read more: https://www.wgbh.org/news/politics/2019/12/18/salem-mayor-on-trumps-witch-trials-remarks-learn-some-history

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