Donald Trump: Racial Discrimination and Unethical Business

Donald Trump has been causing controversy ever since he announced he would be running for president back in June 2015. Strong words on immigration and welfare have provoked many and prove Trump to be hypocritical and false.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best….. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems…. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

The above provocative statement, made by Trump in June 2015, clearly demonstrates his views on illegal immigrants but during the late 1970’s it is claimed that Mr. Trump employed 200 undocumented workers to demolish the Bonwit Teller building to make way for Trump Tower in New York City.

Desperate to meet deadlines Trump was charged with overlooking the employment of undocumented Polish immigrants, who allegedly worked 12-hour shifts seven days a week with no overtime and even slept at the site. By using the workers, Trump avoided paying their pensions and their full salaries.

When the workers made attempts to collect what was fully owed to them, they were threatened with deportation.

Trump testified in 1990 that he rarely visited the site and was unaware of the illegal workers, who were known as the “Polish Brigade”. A long-running labour lawsuit was settled in 1999, with its record sealed.

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 “He is tall, lean and blond, with dazzling white teeth, and he looks ever so much like Robert Redford.”

Judy Klemesrud  (1976)

During the Republican debate on 25-Feb, Rival Republican candidate Marco Rubio mentioned claims of the undocumented workers saying;

“You’re the only person on this stage that has ever been fined for hiring people to work on your projects illegally. You hired some workers from Poland,” adding that Trump was forced to pay “a million dollars or so” in a judgment.

Further such painful reminders are likely to be voiced as the nominations progress.

Trump’s position on the minimum wage, food stamps and welfare may reflect a long tradition that Trump has maintained throughout his working life.

In his 2011 book “Time to Get Tough”, Trump declares that America is in serious trouble and its days as a superpower are numbered. He claims America needs to get serious about its future and suggests how it should do so.

“Benefits should have strings attached to them. After all, if it’s our money recipients are getting, we the people should have a say in how it’s spent… but when half of food stamp recipients have been on the dole for nearly a decade, something is clearly wrong”

In November 2015 Trump commented on recent protesters who want the minimum wage to rise to $15 an hour;

“We are a country that is being beaten on every front…taxes too high, wages too high, we’re not going to be able to compete against the world … People have to go out, they have to work really hard, and they have to get into that upper stratum.”

Events of 1973 suggest that Trump might have always held these views on the poor and underprivileged.

In 1973, the Department of Justice charged Trump and his father with violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals because of race and colour. It also charged that the company had required different rental terms and conditions because of race and that it had misrepresented to blacks that apartments were not available.

27 year old Donald Trump was president of Trump Management at the time, having graduated from the University of Pennsylvania five years’ earlier with a bachelor’s degree in economics. The company owned more than 14,000 apartments across New York City and claimed that the charges were irresponsible and baseless.

Two years later an agreement was reached. Trump Management was required to provide the New York Urban League, a civil rights organization that advocated on behalf of African Americans and against racial discrimination, with a list of all apartment vacancies, every week, for two years. Furthermore, the company had to allow the League to present qualified applicants for every fifth vacancy in Trump buildings where fewer than 10 percent of the tenants were black.

Trump Management claimed that the agreement did not constitute an admission of guilt and did not compel the Trump organization to accept persons on welfare as tenants.

In 2014, an estimated 16 million children, or about one in five, received food stamp assistance compared with the roughly 9 million children that received food stamps prior to the recession. Less than half of black (43%) or Hispanic (46%) households own their homes.

A President Trump might not be a champion of the poorest and most in need.

His bold speeches concerning Mexicans and Muslims have shown Trump to be insensitive and intolerant. Many businesses have distanced themselves from Mr. Trump, damaging his brand and livelihood.

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The Turkish franchise of Trump Towers in Istanbul has, since December last year, been attempting to dissociate itself from Trump after his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.

Univision, the word’s’ largest TV network aimed at Hispanics and Mexico’s broadcaster Televista  will no longer work with Trump after his words “offended the entire Mexican population.”

NBCUniversal, a major American media company, and one of America’s biggest retail giants Macy’s have also terminated their relationships with Trump. Macy’s 789 department stores will no longer be selling Trump’s menswear collection.

Trump responded by saying it was actually his decision to end the relationship with Macy’s: “Clearly, NBC and Macy’s support illegal immigration, which is totally detrimental to the fabric of our once great country. Both Macy’s and NBC totally caved at the first sight of potential difficulty with special interest groups who are nothing more than professional agitators, who are not looking out for the people they purport to represent, but only for themselves. It is people like this that are actually running our country because our leaders are weak and ineffective.”

Trump’s attempt at the White House has already damaged his businesses and reputation. His hypocritical, demagoguery rhetoric threatens to deceive a sufficient number of people and grant him his ultimate “win”; the presidency.

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