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Donald Trump aide fired over over-the-top racist Facebook posts

"I don't recall writing them," Sam Nunberg said, but insisted he didn't work for Trump at the time that he did


Scott Eric Kaufman
August 3, 2015 4:35PM (UTC)

On Sunday, Donald Trump's campaign fired a political aide with an extensive history of racist Facebook posts, Bloomberg's Mark Halperin and Ali Elkin report.

Trump's campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, announced the firing of Sam Nunberg, who claims not to remember the many posts in which he, among other things, mocked President Barack Obama's racial heritage. This is actually the second time the campaign has fired Nunberg -- early in 2014, he was terminated for encouraging Trump to participate in a Buzzfeed profile that, to put it mildly, went poorly.

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When Business Insider reached out to Nunberg on Friday, he insisted that he was "shocked" by the Facebook posts he had written, saying that "I don't recall [writing] them." He did, however, assure the reporter that he did not write them while in Trump's employ.

In these forgotten posts -- which were accompanied by an avatar borrowed from Marvel Comics' controversial street vigilante, The Punisher -- Nunberg complained about living "in the age of Kenyan Socialism," called Obama "a Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser," made homophobic comments about Rudy Giulianai having "a bad lisp," and boasted that when he meets "Rev. Sharpton today, no joke -- [I] will tell him that his daughter is N---!"

The Trump campaign is doing everything it can to distance itself from the twice-hired, twice-fired aide, telling Business Insider that he was "just a short-term consultant with the campaign along with many others. Mr. Trump would never condone such statements from anybody in his campaign," a spokesperson said, "even if that person had a low-level campaign position."


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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