Hillary Clinton not only accused Donald Trump of being a racist who is aligned with “conspiracy theorists” and the “alt-right,” but also of pandering to minorities when he recently met with members of the Hispanic and African-American communities.
But this video from the late 90’s tells a very different story of Donald Trump:
Billed as a “multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change,” the Rainbow PUSH Coalition – formed by Jesse Jackson – is “dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless.” According to their website, their mission is to “protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and to promote peace and justice around the world.”
Hillary has accused Trump of holding on to longstanding racist ideologies, which she said led him to turn down tenant applications from minorities in the 70’s. According to Hillary’s website:
“When Trump was getting his start in business, he was sued by the Justice Department for refusing to rent apartments to black and Latino tenants. Their applications would be marked with a ‘C’—‘C’ for ‘colored’—and then rejected.”
They quoted a Washington Post article from January of this year:
“Federal investigators also gathered evidence. Trump employees had secretly marked the applications of minorities with codes, such as ‘No. 9’ and ‘C’ for ‘colored,’ according to government interview accounts filed in federal court. … In October 1973, the Justice Department filed a civil rights case that accused the Trump firm, whose complexes contained 14,000 apartments, of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968.”
Trump admitted that they wanted to avoid welfare recipients, regardless of what race they were. But he had always maintained that their screening process had nothing to do with race or ethnic background.
The case – which involved many businesses, not just Trump’s – resulted in no fine and barely any settlement. The agreement was that Trump would advertise that their housing was available to “people of all races.” Also part of the agreement was that the “settlement” should not be constituted as any admission of guilt. As Trump stated in his autobiography: “In the end, the government couldn’t prove its case, and we ended up making a minor settlement without admitting any guilt.”
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