Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist rant is one of the biggest stories in America right now. Naturally, the other incredibly wealthy Donald has been asked for his take on the sensitive subject.
During an appearance on FOX News on Monday morning, Donald Trump called Sterling’s racist views “despicable” but expressed more sympathy for him than others have. More specifically, he ripped V. Stiviano for setting Sterling up.
“It’s terrible,” Trump said. “He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend. Let’s face it. She’s (sic) the girlfriend from Hell. … It’s so bad. She was baiting him and she’s a terrible human being. He gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.
“What he said was terrible and despicable. Very strong action is going to be taken. There’s no question about it.”
In addition to noting how horrible Stiviano was for recording Sterling, Trump also wondered if the 81-year-old NBA owner has all his wits about him. Otherwise, how could he not have realized he was being baited with a series of questions about race?
“I think he could be out of it, frankly,” Trump said. “Based on his actions he could be pretty much out of it, in terms of his whole mentality. The way she led him on — he should know, if he was there or he was with it, after one or two of those questions that she was asking that there’s something going on here.”
In other words, Trump feels the same way New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick feels about Sterling’s age and mental capacity. As I said earlier, that’s no excuse for his actions. Sterling owns the Clippers. It’s not like someone recorded him from a nursing home. He’s a racist and always has been a racist. Stiviano just provided the world with hard evidence.