Donald Trump’s questionable history with racism just added another chapter. After denying having used the N-word on The Apprentice, an old Howard Stern interview features Trump talking about pitting black contestants against white contestants on the show. How has Trump responded to his past racist comments?
Trump has denied ever using the N-word on The Apprentice. The White House Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, says that she is not positive that there is not a tape of Trump saying the word. Such a tape has not surfaced, but Trump’s interview with Stern certainly didn’t help the situation.
No need to wait for The Apprentice tapes https://t.co/oFzalzN0qW
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 16, 2018
According to Entertainment Weekly, Trump discussed the racially charged idea during an interview with Stern in 2005. Trump told the radio host that somebody on The Apprentice thought it would be interesting to see nine black people compete with nine whites on the show. Trump was all for the idea because he thought he would handle it without being racially insensitive.
“And it would be nine blacks against nine white, all highly educated, very smart, strong, beautiful people, right?” Trump told Stern.
Stern’s co-host, Robin Quivers, quickly pointed out that Trump would probably “have a riot” if he went through with the idea. In response, Trump told her that it would be a ratings magnet and probably make The Apprentice the most viewed show on TV. Trump and Stern then talked about the skin tone of the people that would make up both sides of the competition.
Penn Jillette: Trump Said ‘Racially Insensitive Things’ on ‘The Apprentice’ https://t.co/M2hDfKRs9b
— Variety (@Variety) August 14, 2018
Trump has not responded to the reports surrounding his interview with Stern. He did tweet about the N-word rumors and assured everyone that a tape of him saying the racial slur does not exist. Rumors of Trump saying the N-word gained ground after the release of Omarosa Manigault Newman’s new book, Unhinged.
In the memoir, Newman discussed her time working as a staffer for Trump and revealed that he used the N-word on multiple occasions. Newman never heard Trump say it, but several sources confirmed to her that he did.
In light of the reports, actor and comedian Tom Arnold has officially gone on the hunt for the missing tapes. Arnold has been an acquaintance with Donald Trump for the past 30 years and filmed his journey to find the controversial recording, called The Hunt for the Trump Tapes With Tom Arnold. Arnold is confident that the tape exists, though nobody has released anything to confirm.