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Trump Touts Success Of Developer Who Once Barred Blacks

Donald Trump has already had to whether a scandal where he was hesitant to denounced David Duke and other white supremacists who have endorsed him.

The candidate has again said something racially troubling, though it’s hard to tell if Trump was aware of what he was doing or just simply doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

At an event in Wisconsin, the GOP frontrunner praised the late real-estate developer William Levitt, who had a controversial history of trying to prevent black people from buying his homes.

“He was the ultimate real-estate developer,” Trump said to the crowd, praising Levitt’s work ethic.

The Hill reports:

Levitt ultimately lost his most of his fortune and, upon meeting Trump, said his story is a cautionary tale about the danger of losing momentum, because he could never replicate his success after returning from semi-retirement.  
 
Levitt is considered the father of the modern-day suburbs for creating Levittown on Long Island, N.Y., and was named one of the 100 most influential people of the last century by Time magazine in 1998. Levitt died in 1994.
 
A New York Times article about Levittown’s 50th anniversary noted how the development’s original lease agreements stated in uppercase letters that the homes could not ”be used or occupied by any person other than members of the Caucasian race.”
 
The Supreme Court eventually declared such race-based housing restrictions illegal, but the Times reported that Levittown “continued adhering to its racial bar.”
 
Trump himself has faced accusations of racial bias in his housing developments. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the business run by Trump and his father in 1973, alleging that the company discriminated against minorities. The case was ultimately settled out of court.

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