Former “Apprentice” stars speak out against Donald Trump
Six of Donald Trump’s former Apprentice contestants came together to release statements and thoughts on the GOP front-runner’s presidential bid.
Dr. Randal Pinkett, 2004 Season 4 winner of The Apprentice and the only person of color to win, joins former contenders from the reality television series Kevin Allen, Tara Dowdell, Marshawn Evans Daniels, Kwame Jackson and James Sun, all claiming a great deal of Trump’s conversation has been divisive and extremely dangerous for America.
The group will hold a press conference Friday, April 15, this in advance of the April 19 New York State presidential primary. According to the group’s announcement, their goal is “to use their collective voice to make a difference and fire The Apprentice politician.”
“We acknowledge Donald’s success as a businessman, and genuinely appreciate the opportunity The Apprentice afforded all of us,” says Dr. Randal Pinkett, winner of Season 4 of the show. “We, however, strongly condemn Donald’s campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.”
“What ‘makes America great’ is a unified commitment to inclusion. Trump is passionately and strategically reigniting a dirty and divisive culture soaked in a history of prejudice, fear and hate,” adds Season 4 Marshawn Evans Daniels.
Tara Dowdell said in a statement, “It would be irresponsible for us not to condemn his (Donald Trump’s) hateful rhetoric given its real world implications particularly the racial resentment and accompanying violence that we have seen at his rallies.” And, Season 1 runner-up Kwame Jackson states: “America is at a tipping point in its demographic identity, social contract and fear of economic dislocation. Into that void and vacuum of uncertainty and fear has stepped Mr. Trump, stoking the flames of our worst demons to the chagrin of our better angels and cherished ideals for a more perfect union.”
James Sun simply said, “Some of Mr. Trump’s comments on immigration are flat out wrong. I hope Donald Trump will adjust his message to help every U.S. citizen recognize we are also Global citizens.”
Pinkett sums it up for the group saying, “Based on our experience as alums of The Apprentice, we do not believe Donald is worthy of becoming President of the United States.”