It appears that life in the big White House has become uncomfortable for Donald Trump. People around him have told NBC News that he isolated himself in a “cocoon of bitterness and resentment,” after his recent, disastrous trip to France. This new lawsuit probably won’t help his mood.
POTUS has been sued for ending an immigrants’ deportation shield. As part of that lawsuit, the attorneys have requested unaired tapes from his former reality show, The Apprentice. They want the tapes to prove that the president is a racist and that racism was the motivation behind his actions against the plaintiff.
These attorneys for the group Civil Rights have sent subpoenas with their request to MGM Holdings Inc. and Trump Productions LLC. The requested all the footage during the show’s production where the man now sitting in the Oval Office, according to The Associated Press (AP):
‘…uses racial and/or ethnic slurs (or) makes remarks concerning race, nationality and/or ethnic background.’
A California federal judge issued a temporary injunction Trump that prevented the White House administration from altering the immigrants’ shield. The judge claimed that evidence proved Trump:
‘…harbors an animus against non-white, non-European aliens which influenced his … decision to end the TPS designation.’
Civil Rights filed its case in Boston’s federal court. The case states that Trump blocking people thousands of immigrants from El Salvador and Honduras from coming to the U.S., once the president revoked the shield. Right now, the shield temporarily protected status for immigrants originating from “armed conflicts, natural disasters, and other challenged, the AP stated. Trump intentionally dropped people coming as the result of gang violence or domestic violence.
The attorneys wrote in their lawsuit that the reason Trump was trying to remove the shield program was because he is racist toward people of color. As Trump came down the escalator in Trump Tower to first announce his run for president, his first words included calling Mexicans rapists. according to The Washington Post.
‘They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.’
Lawyers for Civil Rights says in the lawsuit that Trump’s move to rescind the program, because he is a racist against people of color.
Attorney Oren Nimni, of Civil Rights released a written statement:
‘Access to these videotapes will help further demonstrate that Defendant Trump holds racially biased views that impact his policy and decision making.’
The subpoenas also seek any relevant outtakes, audio clips and transcripts made during production of the show.
The president’s attorneys have appealed the judge’s ruling.
Omarosa Manigault Newman who was on the show and also in the White House administration has written a book, Unhinged. In it, she claimed that there were tapes showing Trump saying the N-word on set.
Trump has loudly claimed that such tapes do not exist:
‘…there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have.’
MGM owns the television show and said that it had reasons for not releasing unaired, archived materials. Mark Burnett, the producer of The Apprentice agreed.
A woman who appeared on The Apprentice has charged that the president groped and kissed her against her will. Her lawsuit showed that she also requested footage, but whether the request was honored was unknown.
Another woman who sued Trump, Summer Zervos,’ attorney requested the same footage from The Apprentice also subpoenaed material from the show that showed Trump talking about any of the female participants sexually or inappropriately.
Trump tried to have this lawsuit tossed, but a federal judge denied the request in July. The judge also refused to take Trump out of it as a defendant.
Featured image is a screenshot via YouTube.