Donald Trump and his bombastic campaign style already garnered him support and front-runner status as a hopeful presidential candidate for the Republican Party. However, a recent report asserts that the business mogul had ties to a racist mobster who had it out for Black employees at the Trump Plaza casino in New Jersey.
In a special investigative report by Yahoo, John Gotti-affiliated mob figure Robert LiButti’s daughter revealed that her father was connected to Trump and was a high-stakes gambler at Trump Plaza and appeared at the businessman’s parties. Dating back to 1991, allegations that LiButti would demand Black workers at Trump to be removed from manning craps tables as he gambled sparked an investigation.
In 1991, Trump first faced questions about his dealings with Robert LiButti, a plump, balding and nationally famous horse breeder with an explosive temper who would later be banned from New Jersey casinos for his ties to Mafia boss John Gotti. At the time, New Jersey state regulators had launched an investigation into allegations by nine employees of one of Trump’s Atlantic City casinos, the Trump Plaza, that the hotel had repeatedly removed African-Americans and women from craps tables after LiButti, one of the highest-rolling gamblers in the city’s history, loudly complained about their presence when he was playing.
The probe resulted in a $200,000 fine against the Trump Plaza by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission for violating state anti-discrimination laws. Investigators found that LiButti had, on multiple occasions, berated blacks and women using what one state official described as the “vilest” language — including racist slurs and references to women in obscene terms — and that the Trump Plaza, in order not to lose his substantial business, sought to accommodate him by keeping the employees away from his betting tables, according to commission documents recently obtained by Yahoo News under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act.
“It was a substantial fine at the time,” said Mitchell A. Schwefel, then a New Jersey assistant attorney general who brought the state’s case against the Trump Plaza on behalf of the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. “That was a red-flag issue for us because that was conduct [by the hotel] that was not going to be tolerated.”
Trump tried distancing himself from LiButti, even claiming that he didn’t know him well. The mobster’s daughter says that Trump’s denials that she didn’t know her father was false.
Edith Creamer told Yahoo News in a series of interviews that Trump and LiButti were so close that she flew in the Trump helicopter with Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana, and their children. She also said her father flew in the private copter across Atlantic City.
Read the rest of Yahoo’s investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to a reported racist mobster by following this link.