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Here Are 4 People Who Join Omarosa in Alleging That Donald Trump Made Racist Remarks on 'The Apprentice'

The president faces a slew of allegations about horrifying racist language.

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In her soon-to-be-released book “Unhinged,” Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks candidly about her former boss, President Donald Trump—alleging that claims he used racial slurs when he was on the hit reality show “The Apprentice” are absolutely true. Newman has asserted that although she never heard Trump use the n-word herself, she knows for a fact that “Apprentice” tapes of him using it “multiple times” exist. According to Newman, “three sources in three separate conversations” alleged that during his years on “The Apprentice,” Trump “hadn’t just dropped a single n-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of ‘The Apprentice.’” And Newman is not alone in alleging that Trump wasn’t shy about making racist remarks during his years on “The Apprentice,” which debuted in 2004.  

Here are four others who allege that Trump said racist things during his years on “The Apprentice.”

1. Bill Pruitt

Bill Pruitt, who worked on the first two seasons of “The Apprentice,” has alleged that Trump made bigoted comments about “African-Americans, Jewish people, all of the above” when he was on “The Apprentice.” In 2016, when Trump was campaigning for president and the infamous “Access Hollywood” recording from 2015 surfaced, he was criticized for his sexist “grab them by the pussy” comments. But according to Pruitt, Trump’s “Access Hollywood” comments pale in comparison to things he said on “The Apprentice”—and on October 8, 2016, Pruitt tweeted that as the producer of “The Apprentice’s” first two seasons, “I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse.” For legal reasons, however, Pruitt could not be any more specific.

2. Chris Nee

In 2016, screenwriter/producer Chris Nee tweeted that when she was working on “The Apprentice,” head producer Mark Burnett had her sign a contract stating that she would have to pay $5 million if she ever released footage of the show without Burnett’s permission. And according to Nee, that footage included Trump using the n-word to describe blacks. In 2016, Nee addressed the “far worse” that Pruitt was referring to, tweeting, “Hearing from producers/crew N word is the ‘much worse.’”

3. Tom Arnold

Actor Tom Arnold has alleged that he has outtakes of Trump using racial slurs when he was on “The Apprentice.” Interviewed by KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson in 2016, Arnold alleged that when Trump used those slurs during his “Apprentice” days, “He wasn’t going to be president of the United States. It was him sitting in that chair saying the n-word, saying the c-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.” And according to Arnold, Trump said “every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever” in the outtakes.

4. Randal D. Pinkett

After President Trump described Haiti, El Salvador and some countries in Africa as “shithole countries” and said he would much prefer to have immigrants from Norway instead, Randal D. Pinkett—one of the African-American stars of “The Apprentice”—said of Trump, “There’s no question in my mind: he’s a racist.” And Pinkett felt that way when he was on “The Apprentice” in the mid-2000s. In 2016, the Hollywood Report quoted Pinkett as saying, “After Donald declared me the winner and said, ‘Randal, you’re hired,’ he asked me a question that he had never asked any contestant prior and never asked of any contestant after me. He asked me if I wanted to share a title with the white runner-up. The better question is: why did Donald ask me to share? And my only answer is that he did not want to have an African-American have a clear, clean, full victory.”  

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Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter @alexvhenderson.