President Donald J. Trump settled a massive housing discrimination case with the federal government in 1975 without ever admitting guilt.
But it’s now clear that he was guilty as sin. The FBI has just released a 389-page document dump that contains confirmation that Donald Trump and the Trump Organization actively sought to keep African-Americans out of their residential apartment complexes.
The files detail dozens of interviews with Trump tenants, management, and employees.
POLITICO notes that “most of those interviewed said they were not aware of any discrimination. However, some of the records recount the stories of black rental applicants who said they were told no apartments were available, while whites sent to check on the same apartments were offered leases.”
The Trump Organization had 9,050 apartment units covered under the settlement agreement with the federal government, which housed only 399 minority residents across 35 covered properties, or only 4.4% of Fred and Donald Trump’s New York City rental real estate empire.
For years, Trump has claimed that he never discriminated against African-Americans, which proved to be a lie based upon leaked Justice Department documents from 1977, published before last year’s election.
The public record document proves the Trump Organization and principals Fred and Donald Trump’s buildings schemed to ignore the Fair Housing Act of 1968, failed miserably and landed the duo court for two years starting in 1973.
Here’s just a sample of the new proof:
POLITICO reports that one of the documents contained testimony by a doorman who alleged that a Trump building Supervisor made him assist in the process of racially purifying their apartments, in violation of the Fair Housing Act:
“[He] told me that if a black person came to 2650 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.”
Donald Trump denied any racial discrimination, but said his managers tried to weed out certain kinds of tenants. “What we didn’t do was rent to welfare cases, white or black,” Trump wrote in a 1987 book.
This is probably the last thing President Trump wanted to hear tonight, seeing as there are multiple ongoing investigations into his inner circle over their potentially treasonous communications with Russian officials.
But these files tell an important story: this is how Donald Trump achieved his “business success.” It was actually just racism.
Just read this:
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition