An emotional new campaign video for Hillary Clinton highlights reports of discriminatory rental practices by Donald Trump’s business that led to a 1973 Justice Department lawsuit.
The video, released Tuesday, features Mae Brown Wiggins, who shares her story of being denied an apartment in one of Trump’s New York City buildings “based on the color of my skin.” Wiggins said when she applied, she was told there were no vacancies. She told the city’s Human Rights Commission, which sent a white couple to inquire about an apartment. They were told it was available.
“I felt very, very angry,” Wiggins says in the video, wiping tears from her eyes. “So much so that it still evokes—it still evokes anger and hurt. Deep, deep hurt.”
At the time, a federal investigation revealed that Trump employees had a practice of secretly marking applications filed by minorities with the letter “C” for “colored,” the Washington Post reported. The Justice Department’s 1973 civil rights case accused Trump Management, Inc. of violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against minority applicants. Trump settled the case.
“I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many real estate firms, and it’s just one of those things,” Trump said, when Clinton mentioned the case during the first presidential debate last month. While Trump has long maintained that the settlement indicated no admission of guilt, the Justice Department touted it as a victory.
“If he carries this practice over as president, I fear for certain minority groups because I can still hear Trump saying, ‘Knock the crap out of him,’ or, ‘There goes my African American,‘ as if he were some pet dog,” Wiggins says in the video. “He is not worthy of becoming president of this country.”