Trump repeatedly attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James, referring to her as “Peekaboo” James several times, adding that she was “disgusting” and “racist” for investigating his business. Who sued the Trump Organization for $250 million in fraud earlier this week.
The racist Attorney General of New York State filed a baseless, abusive, and depraved lawsuit against me, my family, and my company. This is the best example of the left’s chilling obsession with targeting political opponents. “Leticia “Peekaboo” James,” Trump told the Wilmington crowd.
It was a speech that featured numerous vicious insults against Ms. James, including calling her a “raging maniac” and “leftist nutjob,” but he kept returning to the nickname “Peekaboo.”
This is not the former president’s first referred to the attorney general.
Earlier this week, Trump threw out an insult in response to the New York lawsuit.
“The failed Gubernatorial candidate Letitia’ Peekaboo’ James is now running second to the strong crime fighter MICHAEL HENRY,” he wrote on social media. Considering how she has been when it comes to protecting the people of New York, this could be a major upset. Murder, rape, and drug use are out of control.”
The critics believe Mr. Trump is racist towards Ms. James, who is black.
“Peekaboo” rhymes with “j-word,” a term used to describe African-Americans.
Rex Huppke, a columnist for USA Today, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, “Anyone else getting a super racist vibe from Trump nicknaming Letitia James “Peekaboo?”
Anyone else getting a super racist vibe from Trump nicknaming Letitia James "Peekaboo"? Good lord. pic.twitter.com/mslb6hPu5D
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) September 21, 2022
Former fixer and attorney Michael Cohen argues that Trump’s nickname is meaningless and indicates both immaturity and cognitive deterioration.
In an interview with Insider on Thursday, Mr. Cohen said he does not believe the nickname is meant as a racist dog whistle. “Especially with the additional stress now on top of him.”
Mr. Cohen continued, “As you listen to Trump speak, you realize he uses peekaboo as a hide and seek term. His vocabulary is at best that of a 10-year-old.”