Donald Trump repeated his unexplained – and potentially racist – nickname for New York Attorney General Letitia James, which hit him and the Trump Organization with a $250 million fraud lawsuit earlier this week .
“There is no better example of the left’s chilling obsession with targeting political opponents than the baseless, abusive and depraved lawsuit against me, my family, my business, by the racist State Attorney General of New York. Leticia ‘Peekaboo’ James”, Mr. Trump told the crowd in Wilmington.
The speech featured a number of vicious insults at Ms James, including calling her a ‘rabid maniac’ and a ‘leftist lunatic’, but he returned again and again to the nickname ‘Peekaboo’.
This isn’t the first time the former president has used the nickname Attorney General.
Earlier this week, in reaction to the New York lawsuit, Mr. Trump hurled the insult.
“Racist AG Letitia ‘Peekaboo’ James, the failed gubernatorial candidate, is now second to powerful crime fighter MICHAEL HENRY,” he said. wrote on social networks. “It could be a big upset because she’s been a terrible AG when it comes to protecting the people of New York State. Murder, rape and drugs are totally out of control.
Critics argue that Mr Trump is actually the one being racist against Ms James, who is black.
They point out how “Peekaboo” rhymes with the “j-word”, a slur for African Americans.
“Anyone else getting a super racist vibe from Trump nicknaming Letitia James ‘Peekaboo’? Good god,” USA today columnist Rex Huppke wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Michael Cohen, Mr Trump’s former fixer and lawyer, meanwhile argued that the nickname itself is meaningless and shows the former president is both immature and in cognitive decline.
“My opinion? He has dementia,” Mr Cohen said. Initiated Thursday, adding that he doubts the nickname would be seen as a racist whistle. “Especially with the added stress that is now on him.”
“Let me put it to you this way,” Mr. Cohen continued. “As you sit and listen to Trump speak, you realize he has the vocabulary of a 10-year-old at best. He uses cuckoo as a hide-and-seek term.”
The Independent contacted Ms. James and Mr. Trump for comment.
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