President Donald Trump’s record of defending minority groups has gone largely unreported by mainstream media, like when he opened up his private golf club Mar-a-Lago.
Trump sought to have his club inclusive of minority groups, unlike most of the private country clubs in the area.
Per Impulse Today:
In July 2015, author Ronald Kessler was interviewed by Newsmax about the business practices of GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump in regards to building a golf course in the south.
“When Donald opened his club in Palm Beach called Mar-a-Lago, he insisted on accepting Jews and blacks even though other clubs in Palm Beach to this day discriminate against blacks and Jews,” Kessler said. “The old guard in Palm Beach was outraged that Donald would accept blacks and Jews so that’s the real Donald Trump that I know.”
Mar-a-Lago was reportedly pressed by the city with regulations they did not extend to other golfing outlets:
Here is what Rosalind Helderman and Mary Jordan of the Washington Post reported on November 14th, 2015:
“Trump undercut his adversaries with a searing attack, claiming that local officials seemed to accept the established private clubs in town that had excluded Jews and blacks while imposing tough rules on his inclusive one.”
Here is more from the Washington Post’s report:
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“Trump’s lawyer sent every member of the town council copies of two classic movies about discrimination: ‘A Gentleman’s Agreement,’ about a journalist who pretends to be Jewish to expose anti-Semitism, and ‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ about a white couple’s reaction to their daughter bringing home a black fiancé.”
Segregation at all-white private country clubs in the South had been common and many businesspeople would have looked the other way. But Trump pushed for desegregation at the golf resort, which led to his bid winning.
Trump continues to exhibit acceptance of minorities by denouncing white supremacy groups:
This is an example of the real Trump. He was fighting against discrimination way before he ever ran for office by getting local planning regulators to change their exclusive policies. Trump was determined to make big changes and he beat the odds in doing so.
So when a reporter asked Trump about David Duke’s endorsement of him during a press conference on February 26th, 2016, Trump disavowed him.
“I didn’t even know he endorsed me. David Duke endorsed me? All right, I disavow, OK,” Trump said while at the press conference. Then he quickly moved on to other questions.
Trump also disavowed David Duke six months before the press conference.