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On Wednesday, BuzzFeed founder and CEO Jonah Peretti expressed surprise that Ivanka Trump would be shocked by the lewd language her father used on the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape.
“I met her once & she casually said: ‘I’ve never seen a mulatto c–k, but I’d like to!'” Peretti wrote in a tweet.
The tweet, which Peretti later confirmed was indeed sent by him, spread like fire across the internet during the last weeks of what has already been a heated and at times surreal US presidential election. And it provoked a strident denial by the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“I am not sure if this was meant to be a joke, but in case there is any ambiguity, this is a complete and total lie,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement sent to Business Insider.
Peretti later told BuzzFeed Newsa bit more about the alleged encounter, which he claimed happened about a decade ago at a Manhattan bar in front of about five other people.
Peretti said he hadn’t revealed the quote before because it was personal, but that he felt it was relevant because of comments Ivanka Trump had made at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit about being taken aback by Donald Trump’s language.
“She was saying how she first said she had never seen an uncircumcised c–k and then she said, ‘I’ve never seen a mulatto c–k. There’s lots of c–ks I’ve never seen,’ or something like that,” Peretti told BuzzFeed.
“Of course, it was memorable just because of the use of the lewd language and racist language,” he continued. “It was also memorable being in the environment of being … in New York, sometimes liberal and progressive people make comments meant as jokes and not necessarily earnest. I didn’t know how to take it.”
Peretti’s initial tweet about the incident sent Twitter buzzing immediately. BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith even tweeted, “Is there a doctor on this flight @united,” seemingly in response to Peretti’s comments, which were apparently made while Peretti was aboard a flight.
Peretti did not respond to a request for comment. BuzzFeed pointed us to its article.