Billionaire Donald Trump weighed in on the alleged racist comments from Clippers owner Donald Sterling over the weekend, condemning the comments but also calling the woman involved in the conversation "the girlfriend from hell."
Donald Trump echoed the sentiments of outrage expressed by many in response to racist remarks allegedly made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but adding that the woman who recorded the conversation is “the girlfriend from hell.”
Speaking with Fox News on Monday, Trump called Sterling's comments “despicable,” referencing the 15-minute conversation with then-girlfriend V. Stiviano in which the Clippers owner made several disparaging comments toward African-Americans. However, Trump added that while Sterling's comments deserved punishment, he said the Clippers owner was set-up by his “very bad girlfriend.”
“He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let's face it,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” of Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“She's called the girlfriend from hell, but what he said was terrible and despicable and very strong action is going to be taken. There's no question about it,” Trump said of Sterling's girlfriend. “She's a terrible human being and he gave horrible answers and disgusting answers.”
Trump also called into question the mental state of Sterling, saying that he “seems close to incompetent.”
“I think he could be out of it, frankly, based on his actions,” Trump said. “He could be pretty much out of it in terms of his whole mentality.”
The comments come across as a condemnation, but with caveat, which is sure to embroil more heated discussion around Trump. Trump, 67 has been at the center of controversy in the past over allegations of racism.
Sterling has faced widespread outrage and denouncement over the comments which were leaked to TMZ. Commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that Sterling will not attend Game 4 between the Clippers and Warriors while the league continues its investigation into whether Sterling was in fact the man on tape, and whether the comments were doctored.
The Clippers released a vague, slight kind-of-denial Saturday night.