If Donald Trump isn’t careful, the public may finally get to hear and/or see what has been gossiped about for months now: archival tapes from the Apprentice in which Trump is rumored to have been captured, according to CBS News:
…Saying every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. 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.
Just yesterday, actor and comedian Tom Arnold indicated that he was in possession of such material, saying “he was sent the outtakes as part of a ‘Christmas video’ by producers of the show” and that they “sent it around as a ‘funny’ video when Trump announced his candidacy and they had no faith he had a chance of winning.”
Still, Arnold refused to say he’d release that tape to the public for fear of inviting retribution against the people who provided it to him. “Well, now these people – two editors and an associate producer — are scared to death,” he explained. “They’re scared of his people, they’re scared of they’ll never work again.”
Well, that was before the Trump team apparently decided to threaten Arnold:
Wife told me there's house line VM from Trump Camp about defamation suit so it's on! Open Apprentice vaults 4 discovery! Miss Universe too!!
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 21, 2016
The implication here is not necessarily that Arnold will release the tapes himself, but rather that if Trump does, in fact, sue him for defamation, the tapes would almost certainly come out in the discovery process.
That’s why this is an extremely odd threat to make—it implies that the tapes exist while threatening, essentially, to expose them to the public. It seems like the smarter move here would have been to just keep quiet and hope against hope that they stay under wrap for all of eternity.
Just this morning, Vanity Fair published a scathing email in which a former Executive Producer of the Apprentice, Bill Pruitt contemplated the role of reality television in Trump’s rise to power. Of special importance is his assertion that The Apprentice essentially made a terrible business person look like a great one—and that this is what Trump has been trading on since the show became popular. It reads, in part:
Some clever producers were putting forth a manufactured story about a billionaire whose empire was, in actuality, crumbling at the very same time he took the job, the salary, and ownership rights to do a reality show. The Apprentice was a scam put forth to the public in exchange for ratings. We were “entertaining,” and the story about Donald Trump and his stature fell into some bizarre public record as “truth…”
…We are masterful storytellers and we did our job well. What’s shocking to me is how quickly and decisively the world bought it. Did we think this clown, this buffoon with the funny hair, would ever become a world leader? Not once. Ever.
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