Donald Trump repeated his inexplicable — and possibly racist — nickname for New York Attorney General Letitia James, who hit him and the Trump Organization earlier this week with a $250 million fraud case.
“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 company, by the racist New York State Attorney General. Leticia ‘Peekaboo’ James,” Mr Trump told the crowd in Wilmington.
The speech contained a number of vicious insults against Ms. James, including calling her a “raging maniac” and “left-wing lunatic”, but he returned to the nickname “Peek-a-boo” time and time again.
It is not the first time the former president has used the nickname for the attorney general.
Earlier this week, in response to the New York lawsuit, Mr. Trump trotted out the insult.
“Racist AG Letitia ‘Peekboo’ James, the failed governor candidate, is now second only to strong crime fighter MICHAEL HENRY,” he said. wrote on social media. “This can come as a big shock because she has been a terrible AG when it comes to protecting the people of New York State. Murder, rape and drugs have completely spiraled out of control.”
Critics argue that Mr Trump is, in fact, the one who is racist against Mrs. James, who is black.
They point out how “Peek-a-boo” rhymes with the “j-word,” a slur on African Americans.
“Anyone else getting a super racist vibe from Trump nicknamed Letitia James ‘Peekaboo’? My goodness,” USA today columnist Rex Huppke wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former fixer and attorney, has meanwhile argued that the moniker itself is meaningless, showing that the former president is both immature and experiencing cognitive decline.
“My opinion? He has dementia,” said Mr. Cohen Insider on Thursday, adding that he doubts the nickname is intended as a racist dog whistle. “Certainly with the extra stress that is now on top of him.”
“Let me put it this way,” Mr. Cohen continued. “As you sit and listen to Trump speak, you realize he has 10-year-old vocabulary at best. He uses peek-a-boo as a hide-and-seek.”
TAUT has contacted Ms. James and Mr. Trump for comment.