Former “Apprentice” staffers are speaking out about Donald Trump’s conduct during the show’s run and it’s not good for the 2016 GOP nominee.
While it is nearly impossible to top grabbing women “by the pussy,” his remarks about popular actress and former “Apprentice” Marlee Matlin — like Matlin herself on the show — may just come in second place.
Matlin, who appeared on Trump’s ridiculous show in 2011, came in second place and was practically bathed in compliments from the Donald, but what he said behind the scenes was beyond reprehensible. The Daily Beast reports that three former staffers have spoken out about Trump’s conduct — and did you know he thinks deaf people are “retarded?”
The Beast reports:
Sometimes the insults would be behind her back; other times they would be right in front of her.
Due to extensive non-disclosure agreements signed by members involved with the production, every one of the sources asked to be quoted anonymously for fear of legal retribution.
“[Trump] would often equate that she was mentally retarded,” said one source, who described how kind Matlin and her interpreter Jack Jason were.
During the taping of the show, Trump would often scribble down notes while sitting at the table of “the boardroom”—the show’s primary set. A person familiar with the notes who helped clean up after tapings said that on one of the pieces of paper, Trump wrote: “Marlee, is she retarded??”
“He would write notes on his blotter, his papers in front of him, and he would scribble notes in it,” a source described. “It was usually just asinine things on them.”
And, of course, he would make fun of her with his white supremacist son, Donald Trump Jr., in a disgusting act of family bonding.
“[Trump] would make fun of her voice. It actually sounded a lot like what he did [to] the New York Times guy,” one person told The Beast, referencing Trump’s stellar decision to mock a disabled reporter. “Like, to make it seem like she was mentally not there? [It] sounded like he got a real kick out of it. It was really upsetting.” But it didn’t stop there:
Another Apprentice staffer, who worked on the show for roughly five years, described how Trump commenting on Matlin’s deafness and supposed mental deficiencies was a regular occurrence during the whole season. Occasionally, it would be directly to Matlin’s face.
“In the boardroom, he would talk to her like she was ‘special,’” the source said. “He took her deafness as a some kind of [mental] handicap.” The staffer recalls sitting in the control room during the shoot for one episode and being taken aback hearing Trump make an “insensitive” comment about Matlin’s deafness to the actress while she was seated across the boardroom table.
“She responded [to him], she stood up for herself,” the source said. (This exchange was not included in the final cut of the episode.)
“But people would just laugh this [stuff] off—it was just the culture of [the show],” the staff member said. “But now it’s a little more serious because it’s not a joke anymore!”
There you have it, folks: Deaf people are retarded. So sayeth the Trump. Vote BLUE in November. We can’t allow this to become normal.
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