In a move they believe will strengthen their challenge to the Trump administration’s halt on temporary protected status, a Boston civil rights group is demanding outtakes from the reality show “The Apprentice” they allege contain President Trump using racial and ethnic slurs.
The group Lawyers for Civil Rights is participating in the lawsuit pending before US District Court Judge Denise J. Casper and as part of that litigation, the attorneys subpoenaed MGM and a Trump-related company, Trump Productions LLC.
In a statement, LCR attorney Oren Nimni said one former producer for the reality television show, which made Trump nationally known before his run for office, has previously indicated that Trump made racially charged comments.
Nimni also noted that former “Apprentice” and Trump White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman has also insisted that Trump was recorded making racially derogatory comments while the show was in production.
Trump and his aides have denied any such recordings exist.
But Nimni said that the tapes, if they exist and are located, could have a significant effect on the litigation in Boston and a similar challenge filed in federal court in San Francisco. Trump is being sued individually in Boston, according to Nimni.
“Trump’s racially biased views are central to our TPS case in which the President is a named Defendant,’’ Nimni wrote. “Access to these videotapes will help further demonstrate that Defendant Trump holds racially-biased views that impact his policy- and decision-making.”
The Trump administration has revoked TPS status for some 300,000 people across the country who have been allowed to remain in the US on humanitarian grounds. The Boston litigation is on behalf of Centro Presente and Haitian Americans United.
A federal judge in California last month ordered a halt in the process that could lead to deportations of people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Haiti, according to the LCR.