Who Is Sam Nunberg, The Donald Trump Staffer Fired For Alleged Racist Comments?
A political adviser for Donald Trump was terminated after it came to light that the staff member made alleged racist comments on his Facebook, the GOP candidate's campaign team said Sunday. The comments reportedly date back to 2007 and have allegedly been deleted. Oddly enough, this isn't the first time this particular adviser has been let go by The Donald. So, who is Sam Nunberg, the fired Donald Trump staffer?
Nunberg began his career in politics back in 2008 as the NYC chair of Mitt Romney's Students for Mitt grassroots campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile. He then served as the deputy political director at the American Center for Law and Justice and director of the Middle East Forum's Legal Project before initially being hired by Trump.
It was a 2014 profile written by BuzzFeed News reporter McKay Coppins that first landed Nunberg in hot water. Nunberg was working as one of Trump's top advisers and as a political consultant despite the fact the current GOP candidate wasn't formally running for president at the time. It was Nunberg who set up the interview between Trump and Coppins, stating that Coppins was a friend and that the profile would be unbiased. Trump agreed with the stipulation that if Coppins "writes a fair story, that’s fine. But if he writes a wise-guy story, [Nunberg will] be fired."
The piece ended up being critical, and Nunberg was fired, though he claimed he resigned. Nunberg issued a statement to the Daily Caller that his "services to Mr. Trump have centered around communications and scheduling. It was an honor to work for this great entrepreneur." It's unclear when Nunberg was brought back to work for Trump, though he was apparently held in less high regard this go-around. On Sunday, Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski said in an interview with CNN that Nunberg was a "low-level political adviser."
Soon after, Nunberg also went on CNN to deny his role in writing the controversial posts, insinuating that though they may have appeared on his profile, they weren't necessarily from him. Nunberg said:
I am not adept at social media. I have a long record of working with diverse people. And anything you are reporting on does not reflect anything on Mr. Trump or Mr. Trump's campaign. I would also point out that all of these things were done before Mr. Trump's campaign, if I even did them — which I deny. In any event, this is the problem with politics. ... Politics as usual is wrong.
The offensive posts in questions allegedly used racist epithets toward civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton's daughter and President Obama. Nunberg reportedly called Obama a "socialist Marxist fascist Nazi appeaser," among other things. He also reportedly criticized Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
It's unclear when Nunberg was rehired by Trump following his 2014 firing but it is highly unlikely he will return to work with the Donald again, as Lewandowski says the campaign team has completely severed ties with him.
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