A recording of President Donald Trump pitching a season of “The Apprentice” in 2005 has resurfaced, and it doesn’t look good for him. Trump apparently thought that pitting an all-white team of contestants against an all-black team would be a cool thing to do. Although NBC, the network that hosted the show, said no way, and immediately rejected the idea, that Trump pitched it at all just lends more credence to the idea of how racist he really is. Especially in light of the comments he made about The Squad – the group of four congresswomen of color, all of whom are progressive Democrats.
Trump made the comments during a Howard Stern show while Robin Quivers co-hosted. For those who don’t know the show, Quivers is African American. Trump elaborated on the idea:
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“…It would be nine blacks against nine whites, all highly educated, very smart, strong, beautiful people, right?”
He then asked Stern, “Do you like it?” Stern agreed that he did, although he later suggested that such a show would set off a racial war.
Quivers agreed on that point, and she shot back:
“Well, I think you’re going to have a riot.”
Trump apparently couldn’t have cared less. He thought the idea would make “The Apprentice” the “highest-rated show” at the time. Because, of course, it would – he’d have a mix of light- and dark-skinned contestants on the one team, and “blondes only” on the other.
He said to Stern:
“I think that it would be handled very beautifully by me. Because, as you know, I’m very diplomatic.”
This wasn’t the first time that race came up on “The Apprentice.” On season four, Randal Pinkett, an African American contestant, won it all, and to rise above several white women. However, instead of letting Pinkett revel in the glory of winning, as all other show winners had, Trump instead suggested that he share the glory with the white women.
According to the report, Pinkett described Trump’s comments to him as blatantly racist, and it’s difficult to see them as anything else.
Listen to the exchange here:
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