Why President Trump was asked about rapper Lil Jon at a press conference at the White House

At a press conference after the mid-term elections, President Trump once denied having used racist remarks, including rapper Lil Jon an uncle Tom & # 39; to mention.

The question about allegations of racist statements came from the correspondent Hunter Walker of the White House of Yahoo News. Initially, Trump denied knowing who "Little Jon" was, but then said "well" after reminding him that the rapper had appeared on "The Apprentice".

Here is the exchange:

Reporter: Michael Cohen recently said that you are black voters & stupid & # 39; called.

Trump: That's not true.

Reporter: Omarosa accused you of using the n-word.

Trump: That's not true.

Reporter: And the rapper Little Jon said that you called him "Uncle Tom". What is your reaction?

Trump: I do not know who Little Jon is. I really do not.

Reporter: he was on & # 39; The student & # 39 ;.

Trump: I do not know. Oh, was he? All right. Oh, I understand.

Reporter: Have you ever made racist remarks?

Trump: No, no, I would never do that, and I do not use racist remarks, and you know what, if I did, you people [points to all the reporters]you would have known. I have heard that there are [“Apprentice”] tapes for years and years, there are tapes. Number one, I never worried about it, because I never did. I have never used racist remarks. I have never used racist comments.

In 2016, the Daily Beast reported that not-named three staff members at "The Apprentice" said that Trump called the rapper "Uncle Tom", apparently not fully aware of how fraught a term was, and reclaimed advice from producers to deal with it. stop after she explained it to him. Trump's spokeswoman at that time, Hope Hicks, said, "This is just not true."

Soon after, Lil Jon said himself, and seemed to confirm that Trump called him, but added that the reality TV host stopped as soon as he became aware of its meaning.

"When this & # 39; Uncle Tom & # 39; Incident took place at" Celebrity Apprentice "in the boardroom, some of my colleagues and I immediately addressed Mr. Trump when we heard the comment , "Tweeted the rapper." I can not tell if he knew what he actually said or not, but he stopped using that term as soon as we explained it [sic] offense. "

Lil Jon appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice & # 39; in 2011 and again in 2013 during the All-Star Celebrity Apprentice & # 39 ;.