During a post-election press conference, President Trump denied that he had ever used racist remarks, including calling rapper Lil Jon "Uncle Tom."
The question of allegations of racist utterances came from Yahoo Walker's correspondent Hunter Walker. First, Trump denied that he knew who "Little Jon" was, but then said "Okay," after being reminded that the rapper had appeared on "The Apprentice."
Here is the exchange:
Reporter: Michael Cohen said recently that you called black voters "stupid".
Trump: That's wrong.
Reporter: Omarosa has accused you of the N word.
Trump: That's wrong.
Reporter: And rapper Little Jon said you called him "Uncle Tom." What is your answer?
Trump: I do not know who Little Jon is. I really do not
Reporter: He was on The Apprentice.
Trump: I do not know. Oh he was? OK. I understand.
Reporter: Have you ever made racist remarks?
Trump: No, no, I would never do that, and I do not use racist remarks, and you know if you would [points to all the reporters]They would have known about it. I heard there is [“Apprentice”] Ribbons for years and years, there are ribbons. First, I never worried because I never did. I never used racist remarks. I never used racist remarks.
In 2016, the Daily Beast reported that unnamed three employees of "The Apprentice" described the rapper as "Uncle Tom," who apparently did not quite know how much he was being asked for by a term and shrugged off the producers' advice explained it to him. Hope spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, "That's just not true."
Soon afterward, Lil Jon himself commented and seemed to confirm that Trump had called him that, but added that the reality TV presenter was stopped as soon as he realized his importance.
"When this" Uncle Tom "incident happened on" Celebrity Apprentice "in the boardroom, some of my comrades-in-arms talked and I immediately turned to Mr. Trump when we heard the comment," the rapper tweeted. "I can not say if he knew what he actually said or not, but he stopped using that term as soon as we explained it [sic] Offensiveness. "
Lil Jon was on the "Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011 and again in 2013 as part of the "All Star Celebrity Apprentice".