Going back through seasons of old footage of The Apprentice, Donald Trump repeatedly said sexist, homophobic things while condoning and apologizing for sexual harassment and even going so far as to threaten contestants who wouldn’t vote for him for President.
And considering how reality TV super-producer Mark Burnett likely won’t release any unaired footage of Trump being inappropriate and downright un-presidential on The Apprentice, who better than us to look back at the old aired episodes of the reality show to discover Trump as a person — in his own words.
There’s no question he has done more than his fair share of horribly inappropriate things — but after you read this, it will get worse. Then again, maybe this is exactly what you’d expect out of the man who has run an embarrassing scorched-earth campaign for the last year and a half.
So bare with us — we found many examples of The Donald going way over the top, as in this case, back on episode 7 of season 4 when he openly, aggressively asked contestant Clay Lee about his sexuality and took an inappropriate, tacky turn for the worst:
TRUMP: “Are you a homosexual, Clay?”
CLAY: “I am, yes Mr. Trump, I am.”
TRUMP: “Is that true?”
CLAY: “Yes, it is.”
TRUMP: “Okay. Markus [another contestant], did you know that Clay was gay?”
MARKUS: “Yes, I did. When we first–”
TRUMP: “Did everybody know this? I didn’t know it. You don’t find Alla [a female contestant] very attractive, then?”
TRUMP: “And you don’t find Felisha [another female contestant] very attractive?”
CLAY: “I mean, she’s a beautiful woman. They’re beautiful woman, but they’re not my thing.”
TRUMP: “Okay, all right. That’s why they have menus in restaurants, you know. I like steak, somebody else likes spaghetti. That’s why they have menus in restaurants. It’s a great world.”
That’s… uh… Donald, we won’t even go into how unbelievably tacky it is to compare sexuality to spaghetti, which is a horrible and insensitive thing to say. Come on!!!
It gets far more offensive, though — as you might suspect.
In season ten of the show, in an episode airing on November 4, 2010, Trump questioned, badgered, and aggressively insinuated that contestant David Johnson might be gay (he was not):
TRUMP: “David are you gay?”
DAVID: “Not at all sir.”
TRUMP: “You never know and who cares, right David? I know guys who were married for twenty years, they left with a guy. I mean they liked a guy. Right David? But, that’s not you?”
DAVID: “Not me sir.”
TRUMP: “Are you sure you don’t want to come out? I know guys who were married for twenty years, they left with a guy. I mean they liked a guy. Right David? But, that’s not you?”
DAVID: “Not me sir.”
TRUMP: “Are you sure you don’t want to come out?”
DAVID: “I am a 100% sure I’m not coming out.”
How offensive — and relentless — can you be asking somebody something so personal, whether or not they are gay?! Inappropriate!!
He did it with celebrities, too, like the season of Celebrity Apprentice where The Donald openly questioned whether Clay Aiken could get along with “rough” bikers in a season 12 episode that aired on April 8, 2012:
PAUL [biker lead]: “You know what? I got to say, Clay is always a hitter.”
TRUMP: “That’s a big shocker to you?”
PAUL: “I’m telling you. The guy is so well-rounded.”
TRUMP: “How would Clay get along with your rough guys? I see some of the guys you work with. They’re seriously rough, right? These are rough guys and they love being on a bike and they’ll go from New York to California.”
PAUL: “I don’t think he’d want to.”
TRUMP: “Would he survive in that world?”
CLAY: “I put up with you okay.”
PAUL: “Yeah, he does put up with me.”
TRUMP: “I think he might, right?”
IVANKA: “If he was project manager in your shop would he get anything done?”
PAUL: “No. No.”
IVANKA: “That would be a good task.”
CLAY: “Try me.”
TRUMP: “That’s a little different. He might do better than you think. Who knows, right?”
Hmm… more of the same from The Donald, assuming gay people somehow can’t compete in the world! Plain ignorance!!
More disturbing in terms of his own presidential aspirations, though, is The Donald’s complete insistence on being worshiped in the boardroom of The Apprentice.
For example, take this exchange from season 11, episode seven (that aired April 24, 2011), where he said that anybody who wouldn’t vote for him for President is “stupid”:
TRUMP: “Who would not vote for me? Who would not vote for me? That’s good.”
IVANKA: “A hot hint, don’t raise your hand.”
TRUMP: “I would say anybody that raised their hand would immediately be fired because they’re stupid.”
Only complete babies can’t handle criticism and differing opinions!!
Speaking of criticism and differing opinions, here’s a horrifying thought: President Trump out seeking retribution with access to nuclear weapons!
Don’t take our word for it that The Donald would seek revenge for the smallest slight, though — let him tell it!
In a season 5 episode airing on May 15, 2006, The Donald said in the boardroom:
TRUMP: “Nobody takes things more personally than me. When somebody says something about me I hate them for the rest of my life. It’s probably wrong. I hate people. Do you understand that? … I hate them. You know that better than anybody Ivanka. I take everything personally. I knock them for that. I take never recover from it. Don’t worry about it.”
Yeah, unless you’re a psychopath (or a sociopath), that is NOT an attractive candidate to have in a President — especially one that could realistically start a major war over a bad tweet!!
We all know very well about Trump’s alleged repeated acts of sexual misconduct and sexual assault, and so it’s absolutely no surprise that in the boardroom of The Apprentice, his real character would slip and he would display a horrifying opinion about women and sex.
Take, for example, a conversation he had with a couple contestants during a season 10 boardroom (air date: October 14, 2010) where Trump said point blank that good-looking men don’t harass women while speaking with contestants David Johnson, Anand Vesudev, and Steuart Martens about one allegedly harassing female models:
TRUMP: “Why didn’t you put your hat in the ring?”
DAVID: “Because he wants to harass women.”
STEUART: “Well, I knew how much we were going to have on our plate during the course of the day.”
TRUMP: “Now, you said what, he wanted to harass women?”
DAIVD: “Yeah, there’s women in this area, so he wants to find them. He didn’t want to do anything else but go shopping with women so he could help pick out bras and clothing for them.”
ANAND: “That’s completely incorrect. Wade immediately came to both of us because he apparently thinks that we’re the two stylish ones on the group, which I don’t think has anything to do with harassing women, you know, picking out bras. I mean, that’s a very harsh accusation.”
TRUMP: “Well, when you say harassing women, you’re saying he likes women. You don’t mean harass. The word harassing, this guy doesn’t have to harass women, he’s a good-looking guy.”
DAVID: “Did you see me harass one person?”
ANAND: “There was not a single person harassed.”
TRUMP: “Okay. He’s not harassing women.”
“Good-looking guys” don’t “have to” harass women.
Is this guy EVER going to get it?? No wonder he makes the comments he does — and then denies they are anything more than “locker room talk”!!!
Speaking of “good-looking guys,” Trump believes he is one (big shocker there).
Here’s what he said to a couple contestants — and his daughter Ivanka — about wearing a skin-tight men’s bathing suit on a season six episode of The Apprentice that aired on January 14, 2007:
TRUMP: “Who’s idea was it to do a tight suit like that?”
NICOLE: “Ultimately, Carey had chosen. He was kind of in charge of the men’s bathing suits.”
TRUMP: “I have a great body. I really do. I have a great, great body. I could wear that suit Carey, and you can wear that suit, but nobody else at this table could wear that suit. Do you understand that?”
NICOLE: “Mr. Trump, come on.”
HEIDI: “May be able to but would they? That’s …”
IVANA: “Carey, you did wear the suit.”
TRUMP: “Carey, you felt good in that suit, right?”
CAREY: “It was …”
TRUMP: “You looked good in the suit but guys don’t look as good as you Carey.”
CAREY: “Here’s what we did. Once we knew that Trina Turk had gay consumers …”
IVANKA: “The problem is this task isn’t about necessarily catering to the consumer. It’s catering to the buyer who is going to be purchasing for the consumer.”
TRUMP: “I was with the buyers watching and they didn’t want that suit.”
The Donald has seen his own body in the mirror, right?! He has to know that any skin-tight bathing suit is NOT going to look flattering on him — at least not by the horribly superficial definitions of beauty that he himself has created.
Speaking of beauty, if there is one person who looks good in The Donald’s mind — besides, well, The Donald himself — it’s Ivanka.
In an April 14, 2013 episode of season 13 of The Apprentice, Trump drops this little nugget in on the boardroom:
“Ivanka, you look great tonight, too. That’s a good looking daughter. Do we agree?”
Right… because it’s not creepy enough to worship your daughter’s looks, he has to go a step further and get everyone else to ogle her, too.
Of course, ALL of this goes all the way back to his original first episode of the show — in other words, The Donald has ALWAYS been this way, and he will never change.
In case you don’t remember back that far — nearly thirteen years ago — it was January 8, 2004 when episode one of season one of The Apprentice aired, and Trump said this:
TRUMP: “Who’s going to work for me at the end? Now some of you think that attending a top business school gives you an advantage. Others think that street smarts and hands-on experience are the best way to get ahead. Additionally, women have a tougher time in the workplace, or so they say. Let’s find out. We’re going to be setting up two teams of eight each, and I’ve decided it’s going to be men against women.”
That’s right — he openly questioned at the very start of his very first show whether women actually had a tougher time than men in the workplace. That was the lead-in to his entire series.
He’s always questioned women. He’s always been in the dark about gay men.
He’s always been ignorant to the plight of, well, literally everybody except for himself.
And you expect him to suddenly change and become a professional, redeemable person now that he’s running for President???
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