Despite denials, a new report by Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News alleges that Donald Trump had a long-time relationship with mobster Robert LiButti, who ultimately cost Trump Plaza $650,000 in fines after the casino catered to his racist whims and spent millions buying him gifts.
LiButti, a gambling-addicted racist misogynist, took every opportunity to make it clear that he was not fond of women or any minorities, and wanted them removed from his presence while he gambled.
He also made it clear that “he did not want women, blacks or other minorities dealing or supervising his games,” according to one filing by the state Division of Gaming Enforcement. He referred to one Trump Plaza floor person as a “dumb c***” and “dumb bitch,” another as a “Jew broad” and an African-American dealer as a “black bastard.” Finding himself playing with an African-American at his craps table, LiButti shouted, “Shoot the f***ing dice. Shoot the f***ing dice like you’re f***ing some n*****,” according to testimony in the case.
According to the Casino Control Commission, Trump Plaza, as it used to be called before Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy, was more than happy to oblige LiButti’s ridiculous requests. This prompted 9 employees to file complaints and resulted in a $200,000 fine.
Isikoff’s report outlines that not only did Trump Plaza cater to the mobster, but bought him millions in expensive gifts, including at least 9 luxury cars, five European vacations, nearly $300,000 worth of event tickets, and over $100,000 worth of jewelry. The casino even spent over $40,000 on LiButti in champagne alone.
For these favors, Trump Plaza was fined another $450,ooo. Despite all of this, Trump still claimed he did not know the man personally, via a spokesperson, in an email to Yahoo.
“During the years I very successfully ran the casino business, I knew many high rollers. I assume Mr. LiButti was one of them, but I don’t recognize the name.”
LiButti and his daughter remember their relationship differently. In conversation with an undercover New Jersey cop in 1991, LiButti said:
“I’m very close with [Trump]. I told him this right in the helicopter with, ah, Ivana and my daughter one night.”
LiButti’s daughter, whose 35th birthday Trump not only hosted at his casino, but attended, told Yahoo:
“Of course he knew him. I flew in the [Trump] helicopter with [Trump’s then wife] Ivana and the kids. My dad flew it up and down [to Atlantic City].”