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10 things you need to know about Trump's racist ex-butler who threatened Obama on Facebook

He's a birther bigot — and now he's under investigation by the Secret Service


Michael Garofalo
May 13, 2016 7:46PM (UTC)

Anthony Senecal, Donald Trump's longtime butler, burst into the national spotlight Thursday after David Corn of Mother Jones broke a story highlighting a series of incendiary posts on Senecal's Facebook page that included calls for the death of President Barack Obama.

Here's everything you need to know about Trump's butler:

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1. Senecal worked for Trump for more than two decades

Senecal says he started working at Mar-a-Lago in about 1959 and stayed on the staff when Donald Trump bought the Palm Beach, Fla. estate in 1985. He became Trump's butler in about 1992 and held that post for 17 years. Senecal now serves as the in-house historian at Mar-a-Lago.

2. He really hates Barack Obama

In Facebook posts, Senecal referred to the president as a "kenyan [sic] fraud" and an "unfeeling sack of camel feces." He also repeatedly called for Obama to be killed, writing, "this prick needs to be hung for treason" and "should have been taken out by our military and shot as an enemy agent in his first term."

3. He's not a fan of Hillary Clinton either

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Senecal's Facebook account also railed against the former Secretary of State, whom he referred to as "Killery." "Stop the LYING BITCH OF BENGHAZI, NOW," he wrote in one post. "She should be in prison awaiting hanging !!!!!!!"

4. Also, Muslims. He doesn't like Muslims. 

"There are to [sic] many fkn muzzies in America," Senecal wrote in one post. He also thinks Obama secretly practices the religion: "Our current 'president' is a rotten filthy muzzie !!!!!"

5. Senecal is unapologetic about his statements

In a phone interview with NBC News on Thursday, Senecal confirmed that he was serious about Obama: “I think he should be hung. I think he should be hung next to Hillary Clinton, and I think it should be public, I think it should be televised. I think it ought to be done from the portico of the White Mosque – it used to be the White House."

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6. His domestic policy ideas are ... interesting

In the same NBC interview, Senecal suggested that cities like Detroit and Milwaukee should be designated as "nuclear bomb sites" because of their Muslim populations. “We need to bomb em out,” he elaborated. “I could care less if they’re in the U.S. — I don’t want em in the U.S., they don’t belong here. They belong in the sand dunes where they came from.”

7. He supports Donald Trump's presidential bid, of course

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"NO ONE deserves to run for and be elected to this GREAT office, than Mr. Trump," Senecal wrote in one Facebook post. Trump, he says, will "put an end to the corruption in government." And like his former boss, Senecal is an Obama birther. "I don't believe he's an American citizen," he told Mother Jones.

8. Senecal had a brief political career of his own 

Trump's butler took a sabbatical in 1990 to serve as the mayor of a West Virginia town, where he proposed requiring begging permits for all panhandlers, the New York Times reported in March.

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9. Donald Trump has disavowed his former servant

"Tony Senecal has not worked at Mar-a-Lago for years, but nevertheless we totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him regarding the President," a Trump spokesperson said on Thursday. Though the Trump camp claims Senecal doesn't currently work at Mar-a-Lago, according to Mother Jones he earns money guiding tours of the premises in his role as the estate's historian.

10. The Secret Service is looking into the matter

Senecal's aggressive statements towards Obama attracted the attention of the Secret Service, which routinely looks into online threats against the president. "The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation," the organization said in a statement.

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