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Donald Trump's former butler says 'There isn't a racist bone in his body'

Anthony Senecal is a longtime butler to Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

[ERIC THAYER | New York Times]

Anthony Senecal is a longtime butler to Donald Trump at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

Donald Trump's former butler defended him on Wednesday against charges of racism.

“None. None," Anthony Senecal said when asked if there was any credence to the idea. "And I saw him working with everybody -- you know, the Hispanics, the blacks, the foreigners. I mean, he would talk with any of them, all of them. There isn't a racist bone in his body."

Senecal, who has faced questions of racism himself, spoke at Gold Coast Tiger Bay Club in Boca Raton and he was referring to controversial comments Trump made about a federal judge overseeing a lawsuit into Trump University. Trump questioned the judge's fairness because he's "Mexican" and Trump wants to build a wall with Mexico. The judge, Gonzalo Curiel, was born in Indiana.

He mused how Trump “got away” with calling Jeb Bush “low energy” and Marco Rubio “Little Marco.”

“It’s incredible,” he said.

Senecal has stirred his own controversy with comments about President Obama posted on Facebook. “With the last breath I draw I will help rid this America of the scum infested in its government," he wrote in May. He said Obama should be dragged from the “white mosque” and hanged “from the portico — count me in !!!!!”

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 3:01pm]

    

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