A new book by a former Trump Organization executive alleges that, as head of the real estate conglomerate for decades, Donald Trump made anti-Semitic remarks as well as overtly racist comments and exhibited sexist and discriminatory behavior toward female employees.
Barbara Res’ book, titled “Tower of Lies,” recounts Trump’s ability to lie “so naturally” that “if you didn’t know the actual facts, he could slip something past you.” Res urges Americans not to elect him for a second term as president. The book, set for release this coming week, also says Trump has joked about running for the highest office.
In her book, Res wrote about an incident in which Trump hired a German manager for a residential building, believing him to “especially clean and orderly” given his background, “and then joked in front of Jewish executives that ‘this guy still reminisces about the ovens, so you guys better watch out for him,’” reported the Los Angeles Times which obtained a copy ahead of the October 20, 2020 release.
In another incident, Res says Trump told her to get a Black employee to leave a construction site. “Get him off there right now,” he said, “and don’t ever let that happen again. I don’t want people to think that Trump Tower is being built by Black people.”
Res says Trump also refused to speak with a Black applicant after he spotted the person sitting in the lobby of another building. “Barbara, I don’t want Black kids sitting in the lobby where people come to buy million-dollar apartments!” she writes.
The publication adds to a growing list of books written by former allies, colleagues, and even family members excoriating the president and his behavior. These include Trump’s niece Mary Trump, his former lawyer and confidant Michael Cohen, and John Bolton, a former security adviser.
“The seeds of who he is today were planted back when I worked with him,” writes Res, according to the LA Times report. “He was able to control others, through lies and exaggeration, with promises of money or jobs, through threats of lawsuits or exposure. He surrounded himself with yes-men, blamed others for his own failures, never took responsibility, and always stole credit. These tactics are still at work, just deployed at the highest levels of the US government, with all the corruption and chaos that necessarily ensue.”
Res served as an executive with the Trump Organization for 18 years, starting in 1980. She says that during the 2016 election campaign, Trump and his team often pointed to her as an example of how the then-candidate encouraged and promoted women at the organization. But Res recounts numerous incidents where he spoke lewdly of female employees and their looks, forcing her at one point to terminate the employment of one woman because she was pregnant and bar her own secretary from some meetings because she “did not look like a model.”
Res spoke out about Trump’s treatment of women in the organization in a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone.
“His regard for himself had increased exponentially, as had his contempt for women,” Res writes in her new book. “His sexism never extended to me, but it did to many others— including his wife Ivana, whom he would publicly belittle — and I came to see that I was the exception rather than the rule.”
Tim Murtaugh, a communications director for the Trump 2020 campaign dismissed Res’ book, telling the LA Times: “This is transparently a disgruntled former employee packaging a bunch of lies in a book to make money.”
Trump has a long history of making problematic remarks about Jews, women, and minority groups in the US.
Last month, the Washington Post reported comments he had allegedly made in which he said that Jews put their ethnic allegiances above all others, making them unreliable political allies.
Following conversations with Jewish lawmakers, Trump said in the past that Jews “stick together” and are “only in it for themselves,” the paper reported at the time, citing former and current senior officials.
The quotes came as part of a lengthy article quoting anonymous officials describing how Trump treated race in private conversations. The Post did not add further context to those two partial quotes except to say that by “sticking together,” Trump appeared to mean that the loyalty of Jews to one another exceeded other loyalties.
Many of the quoted broadsides echo remarks Trump has said in public, perhaps in slightly less blunt terms. In the run-up to the 2016 election, he told Republican Jewish donors, “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians.”
Also in September, Trump appeared to suggest again that American Jews are loyal to Israel as he urged community leaders to get out the vote for him in a brief pre-Rosh Hashanah phone call. Signing off the 20-minute call, the president told the Jewish leaders, “We really appreciate you… We love your country also.”
The remarks have been criticized for appearing to carry an accusation of dual loyalty, redolent of classic anti-Semitic canards that caused Jews to be regarded with suspicion for centuries.