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Report: Trump Called Deaf Actress Marlee Matlin ‘Retarded’

Three anonymous Trump staffers have reported that, on several occasions, Donald Trump referred to award-winning actress Marlee Matlin as “retarded.”

The Hill reports:

Donald Trump repeatedly called a deaf actress “retarded” and mocked her because of her disability, The Daily Beast reported Thursday.

Three staffers told The Daily Beast that Trump routinely called Marlee Matlin “retarded” while she was on Trump’s reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”

She appeared on the show in 2011. While Trump would praise Matlin in aired footage, he sometimes mocked her behind her back and to her face.

“[Trump] would often equate that she was mentally retarded,” said one source.

One staffer recalled finding a piece of paper where Trump wrote: “Marlee, is she retarded??”

Trump would also make fun of her voice, staffers say.

“Like, to make it seem like she was mentally not there? [It] sounded like he got a real kick out of it. It was really upsetting.”

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