Part Two: His Long-Standing Record of Discrimination in Rental Housing.
(Yesterday – Part One: Trump University)
In my August 27, 2013 post “donald trump exposed – Again”, I briefly described the federal complaints filed back in the 1970s against donald trump’s real estate companies, wherein the US Department of Justice alleged widespread discrimination based on race throughout his residential rental practices. Solon.com and the New York Times have written about these complaints and the facts upon which they were based, but in light of
of the claims as follows:
“… the Government contended that Trump Management had refused to rent or negotiate rentals ‘because of race and color’. 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.”
The Times reported in its Oct. 16, 1973 edition that trump’s management corporations owned 14,000 New York City apartments and that in 39 separate apartment buildings in Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Queens, Fair Housing Act violations were rampant. Citing facts that established that trump’s companies had refused to rent to prospective tenants due to their race, the government suit sought an injunction prohibiting the continuation of such acts. Of considerable interest is the fact that donald trump was also named as an individual defendant in the lawsuit, against whom equitable and monetary relief was sought.
Trump took to the stage with his usual rhetoric about how the allegations were baseless and that it would be proven so in court, and he hired one of the most flamboyant and outspoken attorneys then on the scene, the notorious Roy Cohn of McCarthyism fame. Trump was in his best form in publicly addressing the issue, telling the federal government and the City of New York that if he had to rent to “welfare recipients” that there would then be a “massive fleeing from the city of not only our tenants, but communities as a whole.” (“Donald Trump’s racial discrimination problem“)
The agreement trump reached with the government to settle the Housing Act violations did not, however, last long, as in 1978 the Justice Department filed new charges, alleging that trump and his cohorts had failed to follow the terms of the earlier settlement. At that time, the Times reported that trump’s rental companies had
“discriminated against blacks in the terms and conditions of rental, made statements indicating discrimination based on race and told blacks that apartments were not available for inspection and rental when, in fact, they are”. (“Donald Trump’s racial discrimination problem“)
Trump and Others Accept Fines For Ads in Opposition to Casinos“)
Members of the press: Please start asking trump the REAL questions!