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Would a ‘racist’ lead the charge to desegregate Palm Beach country clubs? Yeah, Trump did that…

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It would probably surprise many of Donald Trump’s critics to find he is not the bigot and racist they have labelled him.

The mainstream media have largely ignored Trump’s actions from nearly two decades ago that were praised for leading the charge to desegregate affluent country clubs in southeast Florida. The Republican presidential nominee was credited by the Wall Street Journal and the Anti-Defamation League at the time with desegregating Florida’s wealthy sporting clubs, according to The Daily Caller.

Trump was allowed to officially open the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach back in 1995 after the town gave the green light with some restrictions. One of the agreements, that the club would not exceed 500 members, was aimed at settling residents’ fears about traffic and noise concerns and were based on the perception of Trump as an outsider.

“This was a very graceful senior-citizen market. It was nice, clean people,” James Sheeran, Palm Beach Society magazine publisher, said.

“Now, you have a lot of junk-bond money. The quality of the money is not pure,” he added, referring to the economic and ethnic diversity period that Palm Beach was experiencing. Trump was one of the “young monied guys” who were “the prime [movers] of all the young money coming into the market,” Sheeran claimed, according to the Daily Caller.

For just over a year, Trump complied with the town’s membership restrictions. Then, he filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Palm Beach, alleging discrimination by the town against Mar-a-Lago.

Trump’s lawyer reportedly sent a copy of the film “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a film that deals with upper-class racism, to members of the town council.  Trump then requested the town council lift the restrictions on the club and asked some council members not to vote due to a conflict of interest created by their membership in other clubs.

Trump eventually retracted the claims of  racism and anti-Semitism which Palm Beach and other clubs strongly denied.  Instead, he alleged that Mar-a-Lago had been treated unfairly by the town council compared with other clubs in the area.

“He put the light on Palm Beach,”Abraham Foxman, then national director of the Anti-Defamation League, had said.  “Not on the beauty and the glitter, but on its seamier side of discrimination. It has an impact.”

The ADL had praised Trump for “elevating the issue of discriminatory policies at social clubs.”

This aspect of the GOP nominee’s past dealings as a real estate tycoon remain out of the media spotlight. Obviously it would not fit the narrative the liberal left has been trying to maintain.

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Frieda Powers

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