Trump Saw Staffers of Color at White House, Assumed They Were Waiters, Book Says – Rolling Stone

It was January of 2017, and a newly inaugurated President Donald Trump held a reception on the White Home to satisfy with prime congressional leaders. Hors d’oeuvres have been on the menu. And the brand new president turned to a row of racially various Democratic staffers and requested them to retrieve the canapes, in accordance with a brand new guide.

“Why don’t you get” the meals, Trump instructed staffers for Sen. Chuck Schumer, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and others, in accordance with New York Occasions reporter Maggie Haberman’s new guide, Confidence Man.

Then-White Home chief of employees Reince Priebus rushed to appropriate Trump’s comment, telling the then-president that he’d simply addressed prime congressional aides earlier than going to search out the precise White Home waitstaff. 

Trump’s comment to the staffers is only one instance of Trump’s informal racism detailed in pages of Confidence Man reviewed by Rolling Stone. For instance, later in that very same assembly, Trump instructed Schumer and Pelosi that ballots solid by “illegals” have been the one cause he’d misplaced the 2016 standard vote to Hillary Clinon, Haberman stories. After a clumsy silence, Pelsoi interjected: “I don’t imagine so, Mr. President.”

The guide describes Trump’s relationship with Kara Younger, a mannequin he dated for a number of years who had a Black mom and a white father. Quickly after assembly Younger’s mother and father, Trump joked that she had inherited her magnificence from her mom and her intelligence “from her dad, the white aspect.” Trump laughed at his personal joke. Younger didn’t, and, in accordance with the guide, voiced her displeasure.

Younger in a 2017 interview detailed one other incident wherein Trump expressed shock that Serena and Venus Williams drew a racially various crowd to the U.S. Open, as he was working below the assumption that Black folks have been tired of tennis. (The U.S. Open finals are sometimes performed at Arthur Ashe stadium, named for one in all tennis’ many high-profile Black gamers.)

Via Younger, Trump linked with Black celebrities comparable to Sean Combs and Russell Simmons, relationships he’d later cite when disputing accusations of racism.

Regardless of using the “I’ve Black pals” protection, Trump — who was the chief cheerleader of the Obama birther conspiracy, who launched his presidential marketing campaign by claiming Mexico was sending immigrants who have been “bringing crime” and who have been “rapists,” who mentioned a crowd of white energy protesters rioting in Charlottesville included “very positive folks,” and whose presidency ushered in a renaissance of overt white nationalism in mainstream American political life — nonetheless left some folks unconvinced.

Certainly, Trump’s historical past of racist remarks and actions left some to conclude that even his imprecise statements cloaked bigotry. Throughout his time in workplace, Trump would periodically inform guests to his White Home workspace that he had a “secret rest room,” saying that he’d had the rest room utterly redone, in accordance with the guide.

Trump was mendacity, employees mentioned on the time, saying that solely the bathroom seats had been modified, as per the customized in presidential transitions. Throughout one of many instances he claimed to have renovated Trump made a comment emphasizing his want for the modifications: ”You perceive what I’m speaking about.” 

The visitor, Haberman writes, “interpreted [the remark] to imply Trump didn’t wish to use the identical rest room as his Black predecessor.”

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