More and more news is coming out about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and with every new revelation, his hopes for getting out of his self-created mess are growing dimmer.
A new book by investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn highlights not only the fact that Trump’s obsession with Russian leader Vladimir Putin goes way deeper than the election, but that Trump’s racism knows no bounds.
The reporters’ book is titled Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump and it makes a very serious allegation about the way Trump was involved in his 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, Russia.
The book reports that Trump pretty much begged Putin to come to the pageant and ensured that the entire event was “approved [by] Putin.” If there are any doubts about the accuracy of these statements, there’s a 2013 tweet from Trump himself that supports this insane behavior:
But it gets worse. One damning part in the book calls out Trump’s blatant racism, which took center stage in the Miss Universe contest. Isikoff and Corn wrote:
Frequently, Trump would toss out finalists and replace them with others he preferred. ‘If there were too many women of color, he would make changes,’ a Miss Universe staffer later noted. Another Miss Universe staffer recalled, ‘He often thought a woman was too ethnic or too dark-skinned. He had a particular type of woman he thought was a winner. Others were too ethnic. He liked a type. There was Olivia Culpo, Dayanara Torres [the 1993 winner], and, no surprise, East European women.’ On occasion, according to this staffer, Trump would reject a woman ‘who had snubbed his advances.’
Once in a while, [Paula] Shugart would politely challenge Trump’s choices. Sometimes she would win the argument, sometimes not. ‘If he didn’t like a woman because she looked too ethnic, you could sometimes persuade him by telling him she was a princess and married to a football player,’ a staffer later explained.”
Holy sh*t. I mean, we all know that Trump is a racist and misogynist, but sometimes it’s hard to believe that a person could actually be THIS awful. Having this bit of info tangled in with Trump’s Russia mess is NOT a good look for Trump, and certainly won’t help him get out of Mueller’s investigation.
To make this piece of information even more disturbing, it was reported that there was a backstage “special room” where Trump would eat “his favorite snacks” and watch videos of the finalists. Clearly, Trump and his racist beliefs were heavily involved in the outcomes of these contests, and that is truly despicable. Trump’s impeachment really can’t come soon enough.
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