A number of former reality show contestants who were on the receiving end of Donald Trump’s trademark “You’re fired” are joining the effort to stop Trump’s presidential bid. The AP reports that the former “Apprentice” personalities say Trump is unfit to be president.
“Half a dozen past hopefuls of the hit show, including Season 4 winner Randal Pinkett and Season 1 runner-up Kwame Jackson, are planning a press conference Friday in New York to denounce the GOP front-runner’s bid ahead of the state’s April 19 primary,” the story reports. The group released statements ahead of the press conference, accusing Trump of running a “campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.”
Marshawn Evans Daniels, who was fired in week 8 in her “Apprentice” appearance in 2005, said in a statement: “Trump is passionately and strategically reigniting a dirty and divisive culture soaked in a history of prejudice, fear and hate. It is unpatriotic, anti-American, self-serving, regressive and downright lazy.”
Added Pinkett, who also appeared on the NBC reality show in 2005: “As alums of ‘The Apprentice,’ we have had the opportunity to work with Donald in various capacities, including as employees of the Trump Organization. Based on that experience and Donald’s campaign, we do not believe he is worthy of becoming president of the United States.”
Trump was quick to respond to the attacks, calling the group “six failing wannabes” and accusing the group of “total dishonesty and disloyalty.” He also warned: “They should be careful or I’ll play hours of footage of them individually praising me.”
Other “Apprentice” alums, notably Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, have actively supported Trump.