Former 'Apprentice' Contestants Condemn Donald Trump's Candidacy

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 11:22 AM

In response to the candidate'south divisive rhetoric, "The Apprentice" alumni - Randal Pinkett, Kwame Jackson, Tara Dowdell, Marshawn Evans Daniels, Kevin Allen, and James Sun - teamed up in hopes of "firing" Trump from the campaign trail.

Former 'Apprentice' Contestants Condemn Donald Trump's Candidacy

Prior to his rise as the GOP'south front-runner, Donald Trump headlined NBC'south business reality show, "The Apprentice." Presently six former contestants from the program have joined forces to condemn the candidate just days before the NY state primary on April nineteen.

In response to the candidate'south divisive rhetoric, "The Apprentice" alumni - Randal Pinkett, Kwame Jackson, Tara Dowdell, Marshawn Evans Daniels, Kevin Allen, and James Sun - teamed up in hopes of "firing" Trump from the campaign trail.

"We stand united as former candidates on 'The Apprentice,' not to condemn Donald Trump, the man, but to condemn Donald Trump, the presidential candidate'south message," opened season four winner Pinkett, who reached out to the other former contestants to organize a press conference in NY on Friday morning.

Trump'south rhetoric plays to "the lowest common denominator of fear, racism and divisiveness in our populace," said Jackson, the season one runner-up who's criticized the candidate'south campaign since its beginning.

"Trump doesn't have the temperament to deal with the sensitivities and diplomacy required on the world stage with volatile regimes in Iran, N Korea, and the threat of ISIS," Jackson said. "You don't obtain in a fist for fist boxing match in two thousand-sixteenth with global politics."

Jackson said Trump'south policy proposals, including building a wall along the southern border that Mexico will fund and implementing surveillance in all U. S. mosques, were "bombast."

Pinkett and Jackson were joined by Dowdell and Daniels, who participated via Skype. Though scheduled to appear, Allen and Su were unable to attend.

Dowdell said it was her responsibility to speak out as a former "Apprentice" participant, in portion because she believed the indicate was what paved Trump'south way for success.

"When you hear to some of his supporters, many of them will declare they were enormous fans of his from "The Apprentice" - that's one of the reasons they cite why he's qualified to running as president of the United States of America," said Dowdell. "I dispute with that, I don't think that running a reality indicate is certainly the qualification for running for president."

Dowdell, who called the candidate a "brilliant marketer" who understands what "triggers emotion in people," also felt compelled to serve as a counterweight in the wake of endorsements from other former contestants, which she feels serves as a validation of his opinions.

One such endorsement comes from season one candidate Omorosa Manigault, who frequently voices her support on Twitter and defends the candidate on television.

Trump issued a statement about the press conference, calling the former contestants "six failing wannabes," whose actions were efforts to regain relevance, according to a report from Fox News.

"How quickly they forget," Trump said in a statement. "They just wish to obtain back into the limelight love they'd when they were with Trump. Total dishonesty and disloyalty," he continued as he warned his former protégés, "They should be concerned or I'll play hours of footage of them individually praising me."

Fans too of the indicate can recall a time when the Republican presidential candidate sang praises of the contestants, even referencing Pinkett as his defense after he was called racist for demanding to look President Barack Obama'south birth certificate.

"Randal Pinkett won on 'The Apprentice' a tiny while ago, a couple years ago, and Randal'south been outstanding in every way," he said in an interview on Fox and Friends in two thousand-eleventh. "So I mean, I'm the minimum racist person."

Jackson disagrees. He insists Trump has demonstrated racist tendencies, and he said he'south not afraid to call him out for it.

"You don't have to lynch someone, you don't have to burn a cross in someone'south yard these days to be a racist," Jackson said. "There are very nuanced forms of being racist in 2016."

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