The campaign behind Donald Trump’s bid to become the Republican presidential candidate has fired a member of staff who allegedly made racist Facebook posts.
The posts, which were made in 2007, reportedly included a racial slur targeting the daughter of African American Revered Al Sharpton.
Other posts labelled President Barack Obama as “a Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser”, and used the terms “Muslim” and “Kenyan” in a derogatory manner, according to Business Insider.
Corey Lewandowski, who manages Trump’s campaign, said that Sam Nunberg was a “part-time, low-level” staff member who was no longer working for the presidential candidate.
However, campaign finance reports seen by Business Insider show that Nunberg was one of eight people which the Trump campaign paid between April and August, during which time he received $15,139 (£9,700).
Trump previously fired Nunberg after advising the businessman to take part in an Buzzfeed profile piece which was unflattering when published, but he was rehired earlier this year.
Nunberg has denied he was the author of the posts, and told CNN he is not “adept at social media.”
“Anything that was posted under my name does not mean I posted it,” he said, adding that he had a “long record of working with diverse people”.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
The incident is the latest controversy that Trump’s campaign has had to deal with, after his special adviser Michael Cohen apologised after he said that “by definition” it is not possible for a person to rape their spouse.
Trump has also come under fire after he accused Mexican illegal immigrants of being criminals and rapists.
Nevertheless, he is leading most major polls ahead of the first Republican debate on 6 August.Reuse content