Pence stands by Trump, Kaine says Trump Company discriminated against black renters in 1970s
Along the campaign trail on Thursday (August 4), Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence defended his running mate Donald Trump in response to a boy’s question, and Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine said Trump’s company settled a lawsuit, alleging discrimination against black renters in the 1970s.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, an 11-year old boy named Matthew asked Pence about his working relationship with Trump.
“I’ve been watching the news lately and I’ve been noticing that you’ve been kind of softening up on Mr. Trump’s policies and words. Is this your role, is this going to be your role in the administration?” Matthew said.
“I couldn’t be more proud to stand with Donald Trump and we are shoulder to shoulder in this campaign, my friend, promise you,” Pence replied. “Sometimes things don’t always come out like you mean, right? And Donald Trump and I are absolutely determined to work together. We have different styles. You might have noticed that,” he added.
Trump, a New York developer making his first run at public office, has made inflammatory statements about women, Mexicans, Muslims and war veterans, among others.
Appearing at an event hosted by the Urban League in Baltimore, Kaine said the Trump company settled a lawsuit in the 1970s after allegations of racial discrimination against potential renters.
“The New York Times reported that the Justice Department had filed suit after Donald Trump and his father for refusing to rent apartments to African Americans,” Kaine said.
“When federal investigators spoke with Trump’s employees, they said they were instructed to mark rental applications from African American people on the back of the application with a C, C for colored, so that they would know who they wanted to rent to and who they didn’t,” Kaine said, adding that the Urban League worked to implement the settlement by putting forward recommended renters to the company.
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