6 Mar 2017 06:29 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Don Cheadle (Image Source: Bob Bekian via Wikimedia Commons)
It's not news that Donald Trump is being accused of using a racist slur, as those rumors have been hanging over him for some time.
However, it is news who is bringing it up again: Don Cheadle.
In a series of tweets that were partially an argument with another Twitter user, the actor claims that he knows that the President used a racist slur in a conversation with his friend's father.
Cheadle was posting about the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, and another poster called him out, saying, "@DonCheadle I've been following you since you made me laugh with that political boat posing reply. You were Trump hating way before treason."
In response, Cheadle wrote, "Hated him since he asked my friend's father at a Doral pro-am if he'd ever 'f---ed a n-----' ... Did it for me."
He was then asked by many to provide proof of the President saying such a thing.
"Her father wasn't wearing a wire," he replied. "But look up the 2M or so articles about Drumpf and racism if you need a primer. Start with his own book."
Asked why he hadn't mentioned the accusation before during the campaign, he didn't seem to think it would have made a difference.
"Many already know this to be in his nature," he wrote. "It's not hidden. And those who can't see it, might never. The story would have changed little."
When told by a poster that he couldn't believe someone would actually believe a public figure would say that, Cheadle responded, "He wasn't the president then. Just a racist, misogynistic, draft dodging, 'birther' conspiracist, p---y-grabbing, bankruptcy machine."
He tried to explain again why he didn't mention the racial slur earlier.
"Have you never been in a situation where language like this was used to describe a person of color, woman, gay person, Jewish person, LBGTQ person, Muslim, and just 'kept it to yourself?'" he wrote over several tweets. "We've ALL probably done something like this and then repeated it later to someone we know/love/trust, and sometimes with regret and shame that we didn't speak up at the time.
"Same thing here. A father repeating it to his daughter with both disbelief of hearin (sic) the words and regret that he stayed quiet and minded his own business. Like that."
Through all the racist claims, Trump has always maintained that he is "the least racist person you've ever met."
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