Former President Donald Trump boasted about not using the same toilet as his predecessor, Barrack Obama, according to a new book.
According to “Confidence Man,” a new book by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump would tell White House visitors that he had a “secret bathroom” that he had completely renovated.
Haberman, who covered Trump as a White House correspondent throughout his presidency, believes it was because he didn’t want to share a toilet with the nation’s first Black president.
“You understand what I’m talking about,” Trump reportedly told one visitor.
Trump’s team would correct him, claiming that only the toilet seats had been changed, as is customary during presidential transitions.
Although the business mogul who took out a full-page ad in New York papers calling for the execution of the Central Park 5 despite DNA evidence exonerating them is no stranger to racism allegations, the book, which Rolling Stone obtained ahead of its release, details incidents of Trump’s overt racism.
According to Rolling Stone, the book also mentioned a reception Trump hosted for top congressional leaders shortly after his inauguration in 2017, during which he mistook a mixed-race group of Democratic staffers for servers.
“Why don’t you get” the food, Trump reportedly told staffers for Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
Trump’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend, model Kara Young, whose mother is Black and father is white, is also described in “Confidence Man.” He once joked that Young got her looks from her mother and her intelligence from “her dad, the white side.” Young was reportedly offended by the comment.
Trump allegedly made several “Black friends” through his 20-year relationship with Young. He met Sean “Diddy” Combs and Russell Simmons through her. In August 2017, Young told the New York Times that she did not believe Trump was racist.
“I didn’t hide my race from Donald Trump. He knew,” Young said. “He would say, ‘You’re like Derek Jeter.’ And I would say, ‘Exactly.’”
“I never heard him say a disparaging comment towards any race of people,” she added.
Young, on the other hand, claimed Trump was fascinated by race and prone to believing stereotypes.
“We went to the U.S. Open once, and a lot of Black people came because it was Venus and Serena,” she said, referring to the Williams sisters. “He was impressed that a lot of Black people came to the U.S. Open because they were playing.”
Trump never shied away from racist tweets before being banned from Twitter in January 2021. He called white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and white supremacists “fine people.” He referred to Omarosa Manigault Newman as a “dog” and a “crazed, crying lowlife.”
Trump, a reality TV personality, first made political waves by spreading conspiracy theories about Obama’s birthplace. Obama was born in Hawaii, to a Kenyan father. In the spring of 2011, Trump, who was publicly teasing a presidential run that would begin in earnest four years later, began making public appearances demanding that Obama release his birth certificate.