This week it became official. Billionaire real estate magnet and reality TV star Donald J. Trump had clinched the ticket to become the Republican Party’s nominee for the 2016 presidential race. Trump is set for a drag-out, bare-knuckle of a political fight with former US First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His path to the White House, if the polls are to be believed, is narrow but are we are living in unpredictable times. Brexit anyone?

Trump: Laziness is a trait in blacks

Given his proximity to power, this is probably an opportune moment to probe Trump’s soul, especially as regards his views towards black people. It is an issue that touches This Is Africa’s particular news peg and, more importantly, will inform how the Apprentice Star will engage with Africa. In our research, we eventually came across this interesting excerpt from “Trumped!: The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump-His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall”, a book by John O’Donnell, a former senior employee at one of Trump’s casinos.

According to O’Donnell’s recollection, Trump held very racist views about black people. This is how a particularly revealing conversation they once had went:

“Trump speaking about a black employee: Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control….Don’t you agree?” He looked me square in the eyes and waited for my reply.”

That conversation in the book happens shortly after Trump tells O’Donnell that he hates it when black accountants count his money. Here’s a screenshot of the relevant section from O’Donnell’s book which you can read for yourself on Google Books:

Book excerpt containing Donald Trump’s racist opinion of a black employee and black people in general.

Trump in a 1999 interview with Playboy magazine said that the things O’Donnell had written about him in his tell-all book were “probably true”.

That conversation in the book happens shortly after Trump tells O’Donnell that he hates it when black accountants count his money

“Waste 7 dollars in Africa” 

Since he needs the black vote to win in the November election, Trump lately hasn’t been letting people know his “real” feelings about black people. But if any Africans are in doubt about Trump’s disdain for black people in general, I invite you to look at This Is Africa’s reporting, based on his past statements, on Trump’s likely treatment of the continent if he does clinch the presidency.

You’ll find gems like his dismissal of Africa as irredeemably corrupt.