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Black Applicants Rejected for Trump Housing Speak Out

Litigation sparked by discrimination allegations stretched into the mid-1980s



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    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Million Air Orlando, which is at Orlando Sanford International Airport on Oct. 25, 2016, in Sanford, Florida.

    In 1973, New York City school teacher Annette Gandy Fortt was looking for a decent place to live. A listing for an apartment in a building owned by Donald Trump's father, Fred, caught her eye — but she says the super told her there were no units available.

    "I was black," Fortt said recently. "I was not wanted."

    As NBC News reports, after Fortt was turned away from the Queens apartment building twice, the New York City Human Rights Commission sent a white person to the property to apply for an apartment — and the tester was offered the apartment, according to court papers.

    The commission took on Fortt's case, and she says a young Donald Trump appeared with a lawyer at a hearing on behalf of the family real estate company, Trump Management.

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    Her case also became part of a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against Donald and Fred Trump that was resolved with a consent decree two years later in which they agreed to terms aimed at preventing discrimination.

    That lawsuit is the basis of a new video from Hillary Clinton's campaign, released Tuesday.