Longtime Trump Employee Says He Told Racist Jokes About Jewish & Black People
A longtime employee of President Donald Trump’s, who served as vice president in charge of construction projects for the Trump Organization, said she has frequently heard Trump tell racist jokes in the past.
Barbara Res, who has worked with Trump for decades, said she didn’t believe Trump’s jokes were “mean-intended,” and that the culture of the company at the time (which she said in the early 1980s) meant everyone in the company was making these types of jokes.
“[T]here were always black jokes going back and forth and he told them too,” Res told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.
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Although Res said she never heard Trump use the N-word, she did recall hearing others using it in the company. “[I]t was a different period of time and words like the N-word were used frequently. They aren’t ever used now,” she insisted, per reporting from HuffPost.
“I mean there was certainly a lightheartedness about not only black people but Jews and things like that,” Res added.
Accusations about Trump being a racist have been leveled against him for years. Omarosa Manigault Newman, who served in the Trump administration for a short period of time (and who was also a contestant on Trump’s series “The Apprentice”), said Trump used the N-word, and that she had tape recordings purporting as much, according to the Guardian.
Interest in Trump’s alleged racism was renewed this week following testimony from his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, who spoke before the House Oversight Committee on a myriad of topics surrounding the president. Cohen told committee members that Trump’s racism was rampant.
In private, Cohen, alleged, Trump is “worse” than some imagine, per reporting from the Washington Post.
“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.’ This was when Barack Obama was president of the United States,” Cohen explained to the committee.