A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who once penned a biography of President Trump argued this Friday that the president doesn’t view non-white people “as people.”
David Cay Johnston who famously wrote the 2016 bestseller “The Making of Donald Trump” and who has reportedly been close to Trump for nearly two decades.
Johnston made an appearance on Dean Obeidallah‘s SiriusXM show this Friday to outline Trump’s false assertion that 3,000 people had not perished in Puerto Rico following a devastating hurricane last year.
“Donald does not see people who are not white as people,” Johnston said. “And he’s been like this for a long, long time. This not a newly acquired or strange thing.”
He cited a snippet from John R. O’Donnell’s book, which detailed his time spent as the former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino President.
O’Donnell suggested that Trump refused to hire on a black accountant.
“The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day,” Trump reportedly stated.
Trump tweeted out on Thursday without evidence that the Puerto Rican death toll from Hurricane Maria had been secretly inflated by Democrats to undermine him.
“3000 people did not die in the two hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico. When I left the Island, AFTER the storm had hit, they had anywhere from 6 to 18 deaths,” Trump tweeted. “As time went by it did not go up by much. Then, a long time later, they started to report really large numbers, like 3000.”
His claim was a direct contradiction against recent reports that revealed the death toll to be significantly higher than first reported.
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló released a statement on Thursday stating that “it is a fact” that 2,975 people died following the devastating hurricane.
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