“Effective immediately, low level part-time consultant Sam Nunberg is no longer associated with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign,” Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said in a statement.
The posts in question were dug up by Business Insider and date back as far as 2007, when Nunberg used the word “nigger” in reference to Rev. Al Sharpton’s daughter. Other posts attacked Barack Obama, calling him a “Kenyan,” “Pan Arabist Marxist Muslim” and “Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser”; Nunberg also referred to Obama’s first inauguration as “the Hip Hop Inaugural Ball.”
Nunberg initially denied writing the posts, claiming to CNN, “anything that was posted under my name does not mean I posted it.” He added: “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.”
Last Friday, Lewandowski launched an investigation into the posts, calling them “offensive,” and saying Nunberg would be fired if they proved to be authentic.
This is the second time Nunberg has been booted from Trump’s inner circle in recent years. The strategist was fired in 2014 after arranging a profile with Buzzfeed about Trump’s political ambitions that boasted the headline, “36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump.”
Nunberg’s firing comes as Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, apologized for comments he made about spousal rape, in reference to a Daily Beast article about past accusations of sexual assault leveled at the GOP candidate by his ex-wife, Ivana Trump.
Meanwhile, Trump — on the heels of releasing Lindsey Graham’s phone number, disparaging Sen. John McCain and referring to Latin American immigrants as rapists and criminals — continues to lead several national polls of Republican presidential candidates.