Last month, six former Black contestants of Donald Trump’s reality show The Apprentice denounced the presidential hopeful for running a campaign of “sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.”
Season 4 winner Randal Pinkett said that based on his experience working on the show, he does not believe Trump “is worthy of becoming president of the United States.”
Pinkett must feel especially vindicated now that the mogul’s words have come back to haunt him. In 2005, Trump floated the idea of a race-based season of The Apprentice ahead of the fifth season. He made the comments on his now-defunct radio show, reports CBS News.
His proposal, which came after Omarosa Manigault became a popular contestant on the first season of The Apprentice in 2004, was reported by Entertainment Weekly in 2005 and resurfaced Thursday in a BuzzFeed News report:
Trump, who said he “wasn’t particularly happy” with the fourth season of “The Apprentice,” later added of the racialized premise: “Whether people like that idea or not, it is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world.”
Trump acknowledged at the time, however, that “not everybody thinks it’s a good idea.”
No kidding, it wasn’t a good idea. Good for the franchise for passing on such a divisive proposal. But do you get the sense that Trump is now test-driving his plan during his current presidential bid? Sound off in the comments.