May 2, 2023
Trump calls Manhattan DA investigating him a â€˜Racist in Reverse’
On Monday, former President Donald Trump called the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr., a racist in reverse for investigating him and his business dealings.
The investigation, which began in 2018, is looking into whether Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, committed financial crimes, including tax fraud and insurance fraud. Vance's office has been seeking Trump's tax returns for years, and the case has made its way to the Supreme Court.
Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and has called the investigation a witch hunt. In a statement on Monday, he accused Vance of being biased against him because of his race.
Can anyone imagine taking the wonderful Mayor of NYC, Rudy Giuliani, off of the case? Trump said in the statement. It is outrageous that he is being treated this way. Something should be done about this horrible bias, and that would be allowing New York City to immediately reopen for business.
Trump's comments were met with criticism from many, including Vance's office, which called the accusations baseless.
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is a diverse and dedicated team of professionals who are committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring equal justice for all, a spokesperson for Vance's office said in a statement. Any suggestion otherwise is simply false.
Trump's accusations of racism are not new. Throughout his presidency, he was accused of making racist comments and promoting white supremacy. He was also criticized for his handling of the Black Lives Matter protests and his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which disproportionately affected communities of color.
The investigation into Trump's business dealings is ongoing, and it is unclear when or if charges will be filed. However, Trump's comments on Monday show that he is still willing to use race as a political weapon, even as he faces legal challenges.
In the end, the investigation will be decided by the courts, not by Trump's accusations of racism. But his comments serve as a reminder that racism and prejudice still exist in our society, and that we must continue to fight against them.