A Man Whom Trump Reviled Is Running for Office in Harlem. ‘Karma,’ He Says.

His mother, Sharonne Salaam, spent her earliest years in Jim Crow Birmingham, Ala. Campaigning alongside her son on 125th Street, Ms. Salaam told me her grandfather had been smuggled north to Connecticut in a coffin to avoid being murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. When she was 12, the family moved to New York City. The arrest of Yusef, years later, was the culmination of a lifelong nightmare.

“Walking into that precinct, it was like after all those years, the Klan had finally come for me,” she said.

There is a tendency to minimize the charges facing Mr. Trump in New York because they are financial crimes. In Harlem, Americans who have experienced some of the most intense policing in the United States — regularly seeing children harassed and tossed against walls on their way to school during the city’s stop-and-frisk era — feel differently. Many said the former president should be held fully accountable for any crimes he committed, exactly as they would be.

Mr. Trump is “no…

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This article was written by Mara Gay and originally published on www.nytimes.com