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Henderson woman crossed paths with Trump in 1970s while highlighting discrimination

Posted at 8:01 PM, Oct 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-26 23:01:30-04

A Henderson woman says she crossed paths decades ago with Donald Trump through her work exposing discrimination.

Sheila Morse was a "discrimination tester" in 1970s New York City. If a minority was denied something seemingly because of race, Morse stepped in.

"They would send in a Caucasian tester and see if in fact it was true," she said.

At an apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, a black man was told there were no units to rent. One day later, Morse tried to rent the place. She says she was greeted with open arms.

"He opened every door, every cabinet, he didn't know what else to show me to convince me to take the apartment," Morse said.

Morse then revealed who she was, and the building superintendent told her he was following instructions from his boss not to rent to black people.

"We found out [the bosses were] Donald Trump and Fred Trump, his father," Morse said.

In 1973, a discrimination lawsuit was filed against the two men.

Trump is still answering questions about the suit, including at the first presidential debate last month.

"I settled that lawsuit with no admission of guilt, but that was a lawsuit brought against many real estate firms, and it's just one of those things," Trump previously said.

Lynne Patton, a Trump Organization executive, released a video this year of her own accord to respond to allegations of Trump's racism.

Patton is a black woman and in the five-minute clip she says the Trump family is generous and compassionate.

"They have been incredibly loyal to me and the countless dedicated people they employ around the world, hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I have worked," Patton said in the video.

This week at Trump's golf club in South Florida, several Hispanic employees stepped forward to say how much they enjoyed and appreciated their jobs.