Lynne Patton is a black female employee of the Trump family and according to her, the Trumps have stuck by her, even as she’s struggled with addiction.
In a message posted on YouTube, Patton, who serves as director of the Eric Trump Foundation, insists that she has not been pressured to support Trump’s candidacy for president.
“I can no longer remain silent about the repeated and reprehensible attempts to align my boss and his family with racist hate-mongering groups, campaigns and messaging,” wrote Patton.
“To the skeptics who will undoubtedly claim that I am doing this at the behest of the Trump family or with the promise of reward, I deliberately chose not to seek their approval nor council in advance to this video for fear that there would be more concern for me and its potential viral ramifications than they would be for themselves and the fact that quite simply this is the right thing to do,” wrote Patton in her defense of the Trumps.
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In addition to her role as executive director of the Eric Trump Foundation, she also serves an auxiliary support function for other members of the Trump family, including Donald Trump Sr.
“The Trump family that I know is, without question, one of the most generous, compassionate and philanthropic families I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and the honor to call friends,” she said. “They have been incredibly loyal to me and to the countless dedicated people they employ around the world – hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.”
Patton also cautions people against casting Mr. Trump as a racist simply for being opposed to illegal immigration.
“To equate racism with my boss’ call for a temporary moratorium on a flawed immigration system that radical Islamic terrorists continue to exploit, or the construction of an impassible wall to protect our borders from the influx of illegal drugs, is not only incendiary, it’s wholly irresponsible and only serves to embolden the very hatred these draconian groups espouse,”she concluded.