Donald Trump campaign fires staffer over 'racist Facebook posts'

The staffer allegedly posted comments about Revered Al Sharpton's daughter and President Obama

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The Independent Online

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”.


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.