03.03.2016 94

Trump insisted on including Jews and blacks at Palm Beach golf course in 1990s


By Robert Romano

“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. 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.”

That was author Ronald Kessler in a July 2015 interview with Newsmax, talking about Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump’s business practices when it came to building a golf course in the Deep South.

In the 1990s, Trump was running into a problem getting his golf course approved by the local town council in Palm Beach, which was imposing restrictions on his bid.

So Trump shot back with maximum effect. As reported by the Washington Post’s Mary Jordan and Rosalind Helderman on Nov. 14, 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.”

The Washington Post report continues, “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.”

Sometimes, in judging the character of an individual, it pays to see what people actually do when nobody’s really paying attention. When it came to segregation in the South at private, all-white country clubs, it might have been in Trump’s business interests to simply look the other way. Instead, Trump did the right thing and insisted on desegregation at his golf resort.

And he won.

Soon thereafter, the local restrictions were lifted and, today, the golf course is open and remains inclusive.

It remains a point of pride for Trump, who boasted about the golf resort in a 2015 interview, “Whether they love me or not, everyone agrees the greatest and most important place in Palm Beach is Mar-a-Lago. I took this ultimate place and made it incredible and opened it, essentially, to the people of Palm Beach. The fact that I owned it made it a lot easier to get along with the Palm Beach establishment.”

At the time in 1997, then-Anti-Defamation League President Abraham Foxman praised Trump for elevating the issue of discrimination at private clubs, telling the Wall Street Journal, “He put the light on Palm Beach. Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.” Foxman credited Trump’s move with encouraging other clubs in Palm Beach to do the same as Mar-a-Lago in opening up.

That’s the real Donald Trump. The one who dealt with a real problem to do with discrimination on race and religion in Palm Beach long before he was ever seeking public office by confronting a local planning board over its exclusive policies, determined he would do things differently.

So, when the question of David Duke’s endorsement of Trump came up on Friday, Feb. 26 at the Chris Christie endorsement press conference in Texas — the first time it came up — Trump’s first gut reaction was to emphatically disavow it.

“I didn’t even know he endorsed me. David Duke endorsed me? All right, I disavow, OK,” he said at the press conference. And he immediately moved on.

That might have been the end of the story right there, but Trump stumbled when the question came up again Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper, where he distanced himself from the Duke endorsement.

“I don’t know anything about David Duke,” Trump said, adding, “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. I know nothing about white supremacists… You’re asking me a question that I’m supposed to be talking about people that I know nothing about.”

Probably not altogether the best response. But for his statement a day prior, it might have even raised significant questions otherwise. Still, it was a damaging exchange for Trump and melted the Internet for a few days. Other presidential candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) have since included it in their attacks on Trump.

A day later Trump recovered on NBC’s “Today Show” when it came up again, specifically on the Tapper interview, Trump said, “I disavowed David Duke a day before at a major press conference, and I’m saying to myself, how many times do I have to continue to disavow people?” Perhaps he just didn’t want to keep talking about it. Who would?

Trump also claimed his ear piece was not working really well: “I’m sitting in a house in Florida with a very bad ear piece that they gave me and you can hardly hear what he was saying.”

Trump added, “I disavowed David Duke. Now, if you look on Facebook right after that, I also disavowed David Duke. When we looked at it — looked at the question, I disavowed David Duke. So, I disavowed David Duke all weekend long on Facebook, on Twitter and, obviously it’s never enough. Ridiculous.”

It’s a fair point. Trump immediately disavowed David Duke, whose endorsement he didn’t even want in the first place.

Did he ever endorse Duke? No. Did he ever endorse the Ku Klux Klan? No. He did the opposite.

By the time the Tapper interview occurred, it is fair to say Trump was ready to move on. Tapper apparently was not.

Still, compare Trump’s statements — and his business record in Palm Beach as a prime example — to what is being said about Trump right now. “Donald Trump stumbles on David Duke, KKK,” reads the CNN headline. “Trump disavows David Duke endorsement after ducking question earlier,” reads another. It’s night and day. You’d think he had donned a white sheet and was burning crosses.

Incidentally, a similar thing famously happened in 1984 to Ronald Reagan when the Ku Klux Klan endorsed him. The difference is Reagan squished it once and for all. Reagan said at the time, “Those of us in public life can only resent the use of our names by those who seek political recognition for the repugnant doctrines of hate they espouse.”

Was Trump as eloquent in his denunciation? Not by a long shot. But, so what? At the time, despite Reagan spurning the endorsement, there was a similar media uproar. And at the end of the day, it meant nothing and had exactly zero impact on the election. Because it was silly. Similarly, Trump went on to have a great Super Tuesday despite the hullabaloo, winning 7 out of 11 contests.

All that happened here was an ugly chapter of American history that includes white supremacy once again reared its head into U.S. politics — and was aimed viciously at Republicans even with the GOP’s clear record against slavery and segregation. The response both from mainstream media outlets and the punditry has become a predictable din and a meme unto itself of typical race card politics that attempts to portray Republicans as racists.

And it is all patently absurd.

So, move on. Based on the Palm Beach experience, Trump, unlike many others who never had to confront segregation, actually has a solid record on this issue. The attacks are unfair. And he didn’t refuse to denounce anybody, in spite of what was reported. He immediately and rightly disavowed the Duke endorsement, but as Trump noted, it’s never enough.

Robert Romano is the senior editor of Americans for Limited Government.

  • pduffy

    When the MSM attacked Trump and tried to tie him to the KKK, that was the last straw. It was not only unfair, it was demonic. I am pulling the lever for Trump.

  • jwatersphd

    Well, of course it’s never enough, because these problems are all of his own making, and he’s been working long and hard on making them. What it’s about is his wanting to have it both ways. And, frankly, there is no sign that it even bothers him – he’s playing to a crowd that simply does not think. He has been courting racists and bigots since this presidential run began – really, that’s undeniable. This whole “politically correct” routine, and reversing the meaning of the term “race card” is part of the doublespeak. Politically correct means it’s fine to insult and denigrate someone, especially those who have no power in the first place. Then when the hot-button and red meat crowd is satisfied he’s just like them because he talks about banning 1/5 of the world from visiting the US, he talks to people who actually aren’t racists and bigots and tries to satisfy them. He hooks in the low life viscerally and they’ve heard the code words – the evangelicals even think he’s a true christian, one of “them”! (Born again, born yesterday.) Then he can convince people with a trace of sense that he’s really a good guy. Who knows what he actually believes – that most of the people who come from Mexico are drug abusers, rapists, and criminals (or whatever he said), or he loves all Mexicans, never met one he didn’t like? Now he’s even got you in the clean up crew – sure, ethical guy, etc.

    This is what we call making a virtue of necessity. It looks like it will be hard to deny him the nomination, so let’s get busy papering over the gore.

    His redeeming virtues are that he’s already expressed concerns about global warming, thinks Planned Parenthood provides vital services, wants single payer health care (or once did; maybe all that’s “the old trump”, not the “new”)… and you “conservatives” now have this in your laps. What I wonder is whatever became of the weird praise that W used to get, which is that “you may not like what he says, but you know he’ll never change”?

    Maybe you like having an impulsive, irresponsible bully in charge of the country, but I don’t. If he gets in, you’ll see how much he cares for “limited government,” piety and all the other right wing fetishes.

  • jwatersphd

    I see you’ve found your man without corruption . . . now that wasn’t so hard! I think we all need to loosen up a little. I think you’ve said none of it makes much difference any way – no?

  • pduffy

    J. I am not voting for Trump because he is not corrupt. He in quite corrupt. My vote is a protest against the left-wing attacks, from both the RINOs and the liberals. It’s a fun vote to cast, not because it’s going to change anything.

  • Angie Dimos Gonzalez

    Oh thank goodness he doesn’t discriminate, you just have to have a couple hundred grand up front to even talk about membership to his non-exclusive club.

  • jwatersphd

    yes, that makes sense, as usual. in a way, he is “fun,” kind of like . . . well, I don’t really know.

  • jwatersphd

    Or he might just “like” you, for reasons known only to him.

  • JBoliverKegzazz

    That’s a discouragement to Democrats and liberals. Works for me.

  • Jacob45

    Do you think ANYONE actually reads all your crap. Fat chance. Blah…blah…blah.

  • Jacob45

    Yes, you really don’t know doodly squat.

  • jwatersphd

    Making any substantive points, or just practicing your insults?

  • Jacob45

    I believe I did, in both post concerning you. A few well chosen words are usually more effective than a page of personal opinion.

  • jwatersphd

    Wow! Guess I missed it. Very clear, we can see right through it, like the Emperor’s new clothes. You must be a Trump man.

  • Jacob45

    You miss a lot of reality…oh and there is no we in you.

  • jwatersphd

    Well, no, you wouldn’t be welcome. Enjoy your paranoid fantasies. Bring your tin hat. I try to view your reality from a safe distance. But I’m used to the bullying.

  • NothingMan00

    You have a severe case of Trump derangement syndrome, and an inability to think beyond what your TV tells you is making it significantly worse.

  • jwatersphd

    You’re pretty sure he’s going to be just fine, then? I don’t watch TV, anyhow. What’s your point? Or are you just here to be derisive? That wouldn’t be a surprise, if you’re a Trump ManOO.

  • Dthh Isard

    @jwatersphd You sound like a passive aggressive bully, that much is true, even if nothing else you type is.

    You probably justify that nastiness with a victim complex, but it would be better to just get along. Peace of Allah be with you.

  • Occupational Therapist Thomas

    Proof Trump has always been based.

    Take THAT, liberal fascists.


  • jwatersphd

    Passive !!! ?? That’s a low blow. Getting along with Jacob45? Peace of Allah? Never met the guy, wouldn’t know him if I did . . . where’d you meet him and why do you recommend?

  • Deus, waifu is pic related

    It’s a club for successful people, jobless retards like you wouldn’t get in anyway.

  • Karen Bracken

    And David Duke later said he never endorsed Trump. just another lie that hoped would catch on but failed.

  • NothingMan00

    Thanks for confirming the diagnosis.

  • jwatersphd

    I haven’t even given you a diagnosis, let alone confirmed it. You haven’t said anything so even an ad hominem argument would be a waste of time.

  • NothingMan00

    further confirmation…

  • Getaclue

    Thank you Trump, from a grateful Jewish gal that supports you!

  • Len Mullen

    It’s not that Trump doesn’t discriminate. It’s that the lame stream media KNOWS and has KNOWN for decades that he does not discriminate but publishes articles claiming he is a bigot.

  • info warrior

    So, if Trump used to be a liberal, what happened?

  • Steve Grim

    Played this hole with the founder of the Commodores Tommy McLaren for a PAL Charity event the Donald an they had in Palm Beach

  • TonysTake

    This is a story nobody will hear about unless we tell it. Twitter, Facebook, etc.

  • TonysTake

    Haters still doing what they do best. They hate. I’m voting for TRUMP.

  • frankenbiker

    Going with Trump in November. I think he could easily beat the pantsuit off the hildebitch.
    i like Cruz, but he’ll have a very hard time getting anything done, just because of the animosity towards him in the house and senate.
    Normally I’d vote for him because of that, but we need a man that will not only stand up to the establishment, but one that can also manipulate them to his and OUR will.

  • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

    He said that the party moved too far to the left and his views and the Democratic views no longer aligned. Since JFK was President the party has moved farther and farther to the left. If you go back an listen to Kennedy he doesn’t sound like the Democrats of today.

  • Michael00001111

    If you were around then or listen to JFK speeches he would be quite far to the right of center of today’s views.

    John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961

    “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You”

    We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom— symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning — signifying renewal, aswell as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.


  • Lisa Chantel Hill Wade

    I read the whole speech. I think we are agreeing on the views of Kennedy. I’ve seen memes posted by occupy democrats that were actually Republican posters and not Democrat posters. They were from the 1950s. Diversity is a relative new term for the Democrats. LBJ was a raging racist but still signed the voting rights act of 1965. That says a lot about him as a president. Kennedy hated LBJ but knew he could not win an election without him. It was a Republican (although Occupy Democrats try to take credit) who integrated schools (Brown vs The Board of Education). My grandfather was a born Democrat but when he saw Eisenhower make the announcement he said it was about time. He would be considered a conservative by today’s standards.

  • lvlady

    I shared it on facebook to many groups Yay me lol

  • lvlady

    Yeah this really needs to circulate on facebook! I sent it out to many groups

  • Skeptic At Heart

    Thanks!!!!! The natives are getting restless and afraid they will lose control of our “democracy”. And the Bernie folks are brainwashed tools who think everything can be free like Europe, including suicide bombings all around apparently.

  • Roger

    Why are Jews hated by these clubs? I’ve never had any problems with them.

  • Hedley Lamar

    How can this be true if Trump is an anti-Semitic racist?

  • tom


    Where’s SNOPES?

  • Hedley Lamar

    A few decades ago, Jews, like blacks, couldn’t even rent a decent hotel room.

  • Mike Smith

    Trump is a builder and his first construction job once he gets sworn in will be a new federal prison to incarcerate all the criminals he prosecutes, who have taken over politics and jobs at our federal offices, It’s going to be a yuuge prison, too.
    There will be a penthouse cell for Obama- watch him lie about Hillary’s email server to CBS News on 3-8-2015- the lie starts at 6:05

    and the proof he lied– State dept admits this year that Obama emailed Hillary-

  • Ga PT3

    Trump has a Jewish daughter in law

  • tom


  • Aeffesstoo

    Remember when Trump said “effing jew bastard”? Oh, yes, that’s right it was Hillary that was reported to have said that.

  • Mary Stevens

    Hey Media. …….I heard that Trump turned in a library book that was two days overdue!!!!! What a scandal!!

  • Counter Globalist

    Wow, this is the first factually negative story on Trump. Good job.
    However to be fair to the blacks, the Jews simply use them as a tool.
    If we got rid of the Jews, the Blacks would start to become more civilized.

  • Ga PT3

    Simply shifting the focus to Trump with some really unreliable nonsense. Trump lives in Queens.

  • Mary Stevens

    I think that he has a Jewish son-in-law.

  • tom



  • Ga PT3

    I know that but this is so ludicrous. I thought why not

  • Counter Globalist

    Do you remember Andrew Jackson? He is essentially the nation’s greatest president. He is also the only president to successfully pay off our national debt.

  • retrocon

    Trying to figure out how to make this a pants on fire lie (yes, I know that’ snot snopes, but you know what I mean) by bending and twisting the facts.

  • Kim Kirk

    Obama was an active member of a rabidly anti-Semitic church for 20 years and the fascist media buried all those stories.

  • skswig

    The left is terrified of a guy like trump and they are dangerous.

  • Ms. Necessary Evil

    Hillary “Benghazi Jane” Killer Clinton” & her supporters will play their worthless race card dozens of times if not more by Nov.

    That is the only hand they have to play & it is a loser hand.

    Just remember the democratic party is the party of racism & hate. Going back to the Civil War to today.


  • Counter Globalist

    Tibetans for Trump!

  • kerryokerry

    Nothing in life is free. Does it need to be free or cheap to convince you?

  • Not a Trump fan at any stretch of imagination. After Hillary’s outrageous attacks accusing Donald Trump of being anti-Semitic – reminiscent of the attacks she launched on her husband’s victims has forced me to not stay home but pull lever for Trump.

  • Counter Globalist

    Here is a photo you will never see in the MSM.
    Bill Clinton in over-alls.
    Hillary Clinton in black-face.

  • Disqusisarealballbuster

    I’ll still vote for Trump in spite of this

  • naro wampanoag

    Typical Democrat red herring. the star is the same as used by police officers in the USA.

  • Voice_of_Reason

    there are different standards in the media for libs. Whether it’s anti-semitism, or regulations pertaining to handling classified info, or taxes (hey, tax fraud Al Sharpton gets invitd to the White House all the time), or ANYTHING, the MSM will nuke republicans and conservatives and give libbies a free pass.

  • interventor

    Trump’s son-in-law, daughter – Ivanka and their children are Jewish.

  • donttreadonme

    Why do Progressives always think they have a right to “free” stuff paid for by other people??? Get out of my country, you lazy bum!!!

  • Counter Globalist

    As a white person, I look forward to the day I can participate in online debate without being banned/censored.

  • interventor

    The only humans that aren’t a bit corrupt, died at birth.

  • donttreadonme

    Will you please move to North Korea or jump off a high building after we elect Trump? You don’t belong in this country.

  • Counter Globalist

    Remember, this person’ vote cancels out your vote.
    This is why Immigration is being forced on the American people.
    They are replacing the electorate with leftist, demoralized zombies.

  • CandanceCork

    BTW, Palm Beach is not the “south”(paragraph 6) so you see–there is discrimination everywhere. It is important to know what one does without drawing attention to themselves.

  • interventor

    Yes, he married Trump’s daughter Ivanka. She converted and her children are raised Jewish.

  • Conservative girls grow up where the church bells ring and good love grows, they grow up slow, they grow up right, like American honey.

    Bill Clinton’s girls grow up fast contracting tattoo infections, they grow up dirty like that opened adult toy box at the US/Mexican border bookstore.

  • Rob

    Hold on, everyone!! This small detail proves what we all knew: Trump is no racist. He simply wants to enforce immigration law, which means illegal aliens will have to go home. If that’s racist, then I AND A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS ARE RACIST. There! Trump 2016!

  • Bev Schewanick

    Trump is really a very good man. The Libs hate him for that.

  • EBEE

    So we have a black rap star telling us that the Hillarrhoid “talks to black people like they are children or pets.” And we have the Donald talking the talk and walking the walk for civil rights.
    As an aside, the Brexit event adds to the above by applying our quest for national independence to one and all nationwide as we attempt to take our country back from the socialists.
    Dump the Frump. Vote for Trump!

  • Obama’s New Democrat Party setting fine standards for our children who are America’s future.

  • Jack76

    Unlike so many others, Trump not only talks the talk, but he also walks the walk.

  • EBEE

    @Franken. “Hildebitch”? Mind yer manners. That’s “Hillarrhoid” to you.

  • New Democrat Party liberal’s worst day of the year is finally winding down for them.

  • Counter Globalist

    Happy 4th of July! Remember to vote for the politicians that promise to send your Tax Dollars to Israel!

  • interventor

    The Dems use the blacks, idiot! There are not enough Jews worldwide for your fantasy. Your forbearers killed them.

  • interventor

    View A Gentlemen’s Agreement.

  • Counter Globalist

    Remember, another Holocaust will happen if Donald Trump is elected President.

  • Counter Globalist

    Remember when Obama renamed Mount McKinley?
    The Mountain was named Mount McKinley because President McKinley was assassinated by Bolshevik Jewish Communists for opposing the Federal Reserve Act in the early 1900s.
    Things got better after the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913…. right?

  • anon

    but…but I thought Trump was Hitler??

  • Counter Globalist

    Remember, your Tax Dollars go to Support the Fine Arts!

  • Counter Globalist

    We must combat hate in all it’s forms everywhere!

  • Ron r

    Then why did he pay out money to the DOJ for housing discrimination? Easy to put blacks and Jews on property in Fla. but keep your own back door clean. And BTW, it was never said that he was tied to the Klan, the problem was that he was slow , if ever to condem their endorsement of him. Damn you sat their and watched it and still got it wrong. You do know that Lincoln did not shoot Booth don’t you ?

  • Mar

    I remembered hearing about this long ago. Thanks for sharing the story. I was a Cruz supporter early on, and switched over even before he dropped. I am not thrilled with Mr. Trump’s missteps now and then, as I know the press eats him up as do those never trump individuals, but I see something genuine in his heart. Something I haven’t seen in many, many years. Mr. Trump will have my vote. (I can’t say the same about the Republicans opposing him). I just cannot support a Republican, who is assisting in a Hillary win. I also won’t support those who tried to play it safe and hide in the shadows. God Bless America.

  • Lori Wheeler

    He had his own agenda, to get his golf course approved and built, that’s it!! lol And this was over 15 years ago! He’s become much more hateful since then!

  • David Wilson Rowley

    Just found your site! Another stronghold for sanity!

  • James Rathburn

    The entire article is a flat out lie.

    Segregation was already unlawful. Trump had no choice but to accept blacks and jews and muslims.

    Here is the truth: Trump sued to allow people outside the city limits to join his club. He needed more membership or he would, once again, fail as a developer. For the press he pretended it was about race, but in his court documents his claim was rooted in one simple question: can a City limit business participation to its city residents.

    That was it, and he won, as he should. Cities should not be able to block non-city residents from joining clubs, but to claim it was about race is just nonsense, it was about running scared from failure.

    Only a self-entitled narcissist demands credit for doing what the law already demands of him, and only a cynical liar pretends that he did something for a good reason when the reality is something different altogether.

    Here’s the Trump you need to know: two lawsuits by the DoJ, both of which he lost (settlements are losses, we all know that.) Fines from New Jersey for removing black dealers upon request of VIPs, including himself. Tweeting out racist memes found to originate on White Supremacist websites. Attacking a judge for his ethnicity, a Gold Star family for their faith and students at his rallies for the color of their skin.

    He’s a bigot, and by definition, he is bad for America.

  • Diane M. Roach

    Trump disavowed the KKK!!! Hillary never disavowed the KKK endorsement!!!!!! out of her own mouth The Grand Master KKK is her mentor and friend!! https://youtu.be/oP-FZe0F8qU

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