A video (below) from 1989 shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump saying that he "would love to be a well-educated black" (video below).
According to Mother Jones, which unearthed the video, the clip is from an NBC News special about race in America. The interview with Trump took place only months after he bought some full-page ads in New York City newspapers calling for the death penalty after four African-Americans and one Hispanic were falsely accused -- and falsely convicted -- of raping a female jogger.
Trump said in the interview:
"A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. And, I think, sometimes a black may think that they don't really have the advantage or this or that, but in actuality today, currently, it's great. I've said on occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today I would love to be a well-educated black because I really believe they do have an actual advantage today."
The Trump Organization has employed few, if any, black upper-level executives, The Associated Press recently reported. Some former execs could not recall even one black vice president in the billionaire's main company.
The news service could not find any mentions of black executives in social media postings by Trump and his family, or citations of black executives in Trump's books.
"I am the least discriminatory person in the world," Trump said in May. "I have people that do the hiring, if you want to speak to them."
There have been black vice presidents at some of Trump's subsidiary companies, AP notes.
"The Trump Organization employs both females and minorities in positions of authority across the entire company and in recent years has made great progress in expanding an already diverse workforce," Trump's son, Eric, told AP.
"As the company continues to expand, both domestically and internationally, we will continue to recruit the very best and brightest regardless of gender and ethnicity."