Whatever opinions there may be about him personally, professionally, or as a presidential candidate, Donald Trump is everywhere you look. Some former winners and contestants from multiple seasons of The Apprentice are not too thrilled with how he is behaving on the campaign trail, and have come together to speak out about it, just days before the New York state primary.
In the business world, Trump has built a reputation for talking big, making a lot of money, and spending just as much. He is known as a successful businessman and a “brilliant marketer,” but those are not enough qualifications to be president of the United States.
He has stated, though, that he has financed his campaign completely with his own money, because he does not need anybody else’s, and therefore won’t be swayed because of where a particular donation might have originated. According to this former group from the Apprentice, maybe Trump needs to be swayed a little.
The Apprentice Pool
Similar to Simon Cowell’s lack of aversion to telling people they suck and should never contemplate a singing career, Donald Trump was known for telling people “You’re fired!” on his television show The Apprentice, which ran from 2004-2015. He also hosted the spin-off Celebrity Apprentice version for a short time.
The premise of The Apprentice was to allow young business people to compete for a place in one of Trump’s businesses. This has built 11 seasons of former contestants to a pool of people who have worked with Trump, and are aware firsthand how he behaved back then. To be fair, the current group of Apprentice alum clarify exactly what they are calling out, NBC News reported.
“We stand united as former candidates on ‘The Apprentice,’ not to denounce Donald Trump, the man, but to denounce Donald Trump, the presidential candidate’s message.” Randal Pinkett, the Season 4 Apprentice winner, spoke at a press conference in New York, along with other former contestants on Friday morning.
Late Night Fodder
The Apprentice alum are only the latest to call out Trump for his behavior which, to some, is less befitting a presidential candidate than a toddler. Late night talk show hosts have created memes, skits, and mash-up videos that compare what Trump has said to what he is saying, but to be fair, they’ve done that with most candidates.
However, the blurbs do show there is room for education about foreign policy and the basic workings of global etiquette. “I should not know more about geoglobal politics than Donald Trump,” pointed out Tara Dowdell, an Apprentice Season 3 contestant. “I think on the world stage, he is already hurting [America’s] image.” At least he hasn’t said he can see Yemen from his house, because apparently he is uncertain where Yemen is on a map.
Legally, a president must have certain qualifications. The minimum constitutional requirements are that the candidate be a natural-born U.S. citizen, be at least 35 years of age, and have lived in the United States for at last 14 years, which do not have to be consecutive or even directly preceding the run for president.
One qualification not required is the “sophomoric ability to have Twitter fights. Are you going to do that with ISIS?” asked Kwame Jackson, the first season runner-up of The Apprentice. There are, however, other qualifications that must be present, that the Apprentice group believes are missing, to run what is supposed to be the greatest nation in the world. As Jackson expounded, “Trump does not have the temperament to deal with the sensitivities and diplomacy required on the world stage with volatile regimes in Iran, North Korea, and the threat of ISIS.”
Obviously irritated about being challenged, Trump fired back at his former Apprentice proteges, Fox News reported, saying they are “six failing wannabes. They just want to get back into the limelight like they had when they were with Trump. Total dishonesty and disloyalty.” But Jackson countered by pointing out, “petulance is not presidential.”
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