Lavie Magolin, author of TrumpMania: Vince McMahon, WWE and the making of America’s 45th President, was on Wrestling Inc.’s WINCLY podcast recently. During the discussion, Margolin brought up President Donald Trump’s ties to La Cosa Nostra during the time period when Trump funded WrestleManias 4 & 5. Both events took place at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, NJ. Margolin said the following about Trump’s ties to noted New Jersey crime figure Robert Libutti:
Transcription via Wrestling Inc.
“Certainly when you cross over into a world like Atlantic City, not dissimilar to Las Vegas, you enter the world of gambling and all of the characters that brings about,” Margolin said about WWE doing business in Atlantic City. “One of the most interesting points that came out later was that Donald Trump at WrestleManias 4 and 5 was right next to someone named [Robert] Libutti who is a well-known and well-affiliated gangster who actually had been fined several thousand dollars for being racist and refusing service from people that weren’t to his liking.
“Very interestingly, Libutti named his horse after Trump. Trump claimed that he had no idea who it was but they were obviously much closer connected and had a good relationship.”
Denying knowledge of an associate is a common Trump tactic, recently seen when the President said that he “didn’t know” Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, despite making claims to the contrary at an earlier time.
Margolin also commented on Vince McMahon’s willingness to have WrestleMania associated with noted crime figures Trump & Libutti:
“Vince McMahon was willing to enter that world because it was very lucrative and really the first WrestleMania paid show.”
Robert Libutti was at one point recorded referring to John Gambino as his “boss.” Libutti passed away from natural causes in 2014, at the age of 82.