“Through them, and through more recent friendships with Puffy Combs, Sammy Sosa, and others, I’ve had the chance to learn firsthand about the diversity of American culture, and it has left me with little appetite for those who hate or preach intolerance,” Trump wrote.
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Donald Trump has come under fire time and again during his presidential campaign for making disparaging remarks about all kinds of people spanning gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and more.
But back in 1999, Trump portrayed himself as the man above the fray, the serious candidate running for the Reform Party's nomination against men like Pat Buchanan, whom Trump once called too inflammatory to be elected president. In 1999's The America We Deserve, Trump takes Pat Buchanan to task for how he "systematically bashed blacks, Mexicans, and gays."
In that same book, he explains how Sammy Sosa and Sean Combs taught him about the diversity of American culture and deems Matthew Shepard's death a hate crime.
Trump also defends himself against infamous allegations made by a former employee that Trump had made insensitive comments about black and Jewish people.
The former Trump Plaza casino executive, Jack O'Donnell, wrote in a 1991 book that while encouraging him to fire a black employee, Trump delivered a speech outlining his negative views on black accountants, as opposed to Jewish accountants.
"I've got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza," Trump said, according to O'Donnell. "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. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else."
In his book, Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall, O'Donnell alleged that Trump then said, "Besides that, I've got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it's probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It's not anything they can control... Don't you agree?"
Elsewhere in the book, O'Donnell writes that during a 1989 presentation for a television advertising campaign Trump erupted into a rant about the driver who had chauffeured him to the meeting.
"Do you know the driver that came over today had gray shoes on?" Trump allegedly said, according to O'Donnell. "Yeah! The motherfucker had gray shoes! He looked like some goddamn Puerto Rican. He looked like somebody we picked up from Spanish Harlem... Nobody! Fucking nobody wears gray shoes for me!"
Jeff Millman, an employee of an ad agency that worked for Trump's casinos and who was giving the presentation that day according to the book, told BuzzFeed News on Thursday that O'Donnell's account was accurate. Millman said Trump "blistered everyone in the room."
"After all the air was sucked out of the room, I had to go put on my show," Millman said.
In The America We Deserve, Trump denied the infamous, alleged comments about accountants.
"Several years ago John O'Donnell, who worked for me briefly and whom I fired, wrote a supposedly tell-all book in which he alleged that I made disparaging remarks about Blacks and Jews," wrote Trump. "This was a malicious attempt to smear me. Anyone who really knows me knows that I hate intolerance and bigotry."
Trump cites his work with famous boxers and rappers as evidence of his respect for the diversity of American culture, and proclaims that he has "little appetite" for hate.
"My longtime involvement in promoting some of the biggest boxing events in history has allowed me to become friends with men like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier," wrote The Donald. "Through them, and through more recent friendships with Puffy Combs, Sammy Sosa, and others, I've had the chance to learn firsthand about the diversity of American culture, and it has left me with little appetite for those who hate or preach intolerance."
"One of our next president's most important goals must be to induce a greater tolerance for diversity," he wrote. "The senseless murder of Matthew Shepard in Wyoming— where an innocent boy was killed because of his sexual orientation — turned my stomach. We must work towards an America where these kinds of hate crimes are unthinkable. There are some issues I don't want to say much about. I support a woman's right to choose, for example, but I am uncomfortable with the procedures."
Neither the Trump campaign nor O'Donnell returned an inquiry for comment.
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