Former Trump employee says boss joked about Nazi ‘ovens’ to Jewish executives

Republican presidential candidate, former president Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Republican presidential candidate, former president Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on June 9, 2024, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)

A former employee of Donald Trump has told MSNBC that the former president once joked about Nazi ovens to Jewish executives.

Barbara Res, who was in charge of construction in the Trump Organization in the 1980s and 1990s, and led the Trump Tower project, said Trump’s recent comments praising fictional cannibal Hannibal Lecter reminded her of the time he hired “a residential manager, a German guy.”

Trump then “was bragging to us executives, there were four of us, about how great the guy was and he was a real gentleman, and he was so neat and clean. And he looked at a couple of our executives who happen to be Jewish, and he said, ‘Watch out for this guy, he sort of remembers the ovens,’ you know, and then smiled.”

“Everybody was shocked,” Res said. “I couldn’t believe he said that. But he was making a joke about the Nazi ovens and killing people, and that’s the way he was.”

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