Politico Exclusive Reveals The Truth About Trump’s Racist Past (FBI FILES) ⋆ Epeak . Independent news and blogs
We still don’t have his tax returns, but we do have more evidence of Donald Trump’s racism.
Last week, POLITICO reports, the FBI released 389 pages of records from an investigation that was conducted in the 1970s after Trump’s real estate company was accused of racial discrimination.
Included in these documents are interviews with building tenants, management, and employees. Many of the interviews did not yield any information about racial discrimination; however, a former doorman recounted being instructed to deter black applicants from seeking residence in the building. He explained:
‘While employed in this capacity I was supervised by an individual known to me as [redacted] who was employed by Trump Management Corporation as superintendent at 265037 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, New York.
‘[Redacted] told me that if a black person came to 265037 Ocean Parkway and inquired about an apartment for rent, and he, that is, [redacted] was not there at the time, that I should tell him that the rent was twice as much as it really was, in order that he could not afford the apartment.’
Another former employee told investigators that Donald Trump’s father, Fred Trump, had directed him to not “rent to blacks.”
‘I asked Fred Trump what his policy was regarding minorities and he said it was absolutely against the law to discriminate. At a later time during my two weeks at [one Trump building], Fred Trump told me not to rent to blacks.
‘[Trump] also wanted me to get rid of the blacks that were in the building by telling them cheap housing was available for them at only $500 down payment, which Trump would offer to pay himself. Trump didn’t tell me where this housing was located.’
This former employee also described being told by a colleague to reject black applicants because “they’re blacks and that’s that.”
‘I thought the black couple would be judged acceptable as tenants based on [employment and weekly salary]. However, [redacted] just told me they’re blacks and and that’s that. I believe that [redacted] and others working at the rental office used a code on the top of the front page of the application to distinguish blacks from whites.’
The interviews were conducted after a lawsuit was filed by the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department in October 1973 against Trump Management Company, Donald Trump, and Fred Trump. The suit alleged that African Americans and Puerto Ricans had been systematically excluded from Trump Management Company apartments.
True to form, the Trumps responded to the lawsuit with a $100 million defamation countersuit, saying that the allegations were “such outrageous lies.”
In 1975, the Trumps and their company settled the matter by entering into a consent decree. Although they did not have to admit any wrongdoing, the company was required to implement a series of safeguards to ensure that apartments were rented fairly in the future. They also had to take out ads informing ethnic minorities that were welcome to apply for housing at Trump properties.
Trump has maintained that there was never any racial discrimination at his properties; in his 1987 book, Trump: The Art Of The Deal, he claimed, “What we didn’t do was rent to welfare cases, white or black.”
All of the documents from the 1974 investigation can be found here.
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