Leave it to WWE to provide yet another plot twist in this election.
For years, Donald Trump has denied being associated with the mafia. But his affiliation with the professional wrestling promotion just blew those lies out of the water.
In a video showing Trump at Wrestlemania IV in 1988, he is shown sitting right next to Robert LiButti, a big time gambler who lost lots of money at Trump’s casinos.
Yahoo News reports that Libutti was “banned from the state’s casinos in 1991 because of his ties to Mafia boss John Gotti, then the chief of the Gambino crime syndicate.”
Separately, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission that same year levied $650,000 in fines against the Trump Plaza hotel over its dealings with LiButti…LiButti wasn’t there by accident, according to his daughter, Edith Creamer, who also attended the event. “We were his guests,” she told Yahoo News in a text message this week.
So a man with known ties to organized crime was Trump’s invited guests to the event. But despite this evidence, Trump’s campaign still tried to spin out of it.
“This was obviously a massive event, which took place decades ago. Mr. Trump attended many similar events with thousands of people during this time period,” Trump spokesperson Hope Hicks said in a statement.
Here’s the video via Yahoo.
David Cay Johnston, who wrote a book about Trump and extensively interviewed LiButti, confirmed that the gambler is the man shown in the video next to Trump. It also appears that Trump’s affinity for pursuing married women even extended to LibUtti’s own wife as well.
Questions arose again about their dealings in July when a new book by Johnston, “The Making of Donald Trump,” charged that the mogul “lavished gifts” on LiButti, while also trying to seduce Creamer, who was married at the time. The mogul’s advances toward Creamer enraged LiButti, who, in Johnston’s account, threatened Trump, saying: “Donald, I’ll f***ing pull your balls from your legs.”
The Republican nominee claims that he is the “law and order” candidate yet he clearly has deep ties to the mob. That should automatically disqualify Trump from even running for president.
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