In a revelation from former employee Kip Brown, it has been brought to light that during the 1980s, Donald Trump’s Atlantic City casinos allegedly concealed black staff members whenever the former President and his then-wife, Ivana, visited the premises.
According to a report by the Inquisitr on Saturday, December 9, 2023, Brown, who worked at Trump’s Castle, now known as the Golden Nugget, recounted the practice, stating, “When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor.
It was the eighties, I was a teenager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”
However, whether this directive originated from Trump himself or the casino management remains uncertain, according to Complex magazine.
This disclosure highlights a troubling pattern that critics argue has persisted throughout Trump’s public life.
John O’Donnell, the former president of the Trump Plaza Casino, detailed in his memoir an instance where Trump expressed discomfort with black individuals handling his finances.
O’Donnell quoted Trump saying, “Black guys counting my money! I hate it.
The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
This is just one among several incidents that suggest a broader trend of racial discrimination associated with Trump.
The Guardian points to Trump Management Corporation’s lawsuit in the early 1970s, led by a 26-year-old Trump, which faced accusations of racial discrimination in housing.
The company was accused of employing deceptive tactics to prevent black individuals from renting their properties, eventually settling the case “without an admission of guilt.”
Trump’s involvement in racially charged incidents extends beyond the workplace.
Following the wrongful conviction of five black teenagers in the Central Park Five case, Trump ran advertisements in 1989 advocating for the reinstatement of the death penalty.
Even after their exoneration in 2002, Trump refused to retract his statements, aligning himself with a stance favoring “white law and order.”
The birtherism conspiracy theory, wherein Trump baselessly questioned Barack Obama’s birthplace, is another instance reflecting his involvement in racially divisive debates.
Despite eventually acknowledging Obama’s long-form birth certificate as genuine, Trump’s initial support for the conspiracy theory indicated a willingness to exploit racial tensions for political advantage.
The 2016 presidential campaign further highlighted Trump’s use of racially charged rhetoric.
His calls for a ban on Muslim immigration, labeling Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” and his reluctance to condemn white supremacists post-Charlottesville, all contributed to a perception of racial bias.
Additionally, reports of disparaging remarks about Haitians and Nigerians added fuel to this scrutiny.