Trump Fires Aide Over Racist Facebook Posts

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Donald Trump is cleaning house as he ramps up his 2016 Republican presidential bid. Reuters/Russell Cheyne

Donald Trump has fired campaign adviser Sam Nunberg (for the second time) after Business Insider dredged up racist remarks on Facebook attributed to Nunberg starting in 2007. Nunberg claims not to remember writing the Facebook posts that saw him fired, Business Insider reports.

In the posts, President Barack Obama is referred to as "a Socialist Marxist Islamo Fascist Nazi Appeaser" and a "Pan Arabist Marxist Muslim." Also, a racist epithet is used to refer to the Reverend Al Sharpton's daughter and the Affordable Care Act is called "universal Kenyan health care."

Trump led the "birther" movement's charge against Obama, one that was widely decried as racist in nature. Trump argued Obama should release his birth certificate to prove he was born in the United States and therefore eligible to be president. Obama eventually released his long-form birth certificate in 2012 after the prodding by Trump and others.

Trump previously fired Nunberg in 2014 after BuzzFeed published an unflattering profile of Trump, which Trump reportedly agreed to at Nunberg's suggestion.

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski announced the firing Sunday.

Going in to the first Republican presidential primary debate on Thursday, Trump still leads in most polls.