'The Apprentice' Producer Just Left an Ominous Warning About 'October Surprise' Coming Next for Trump
October is full of surprises already. The Cubs are back in the World Series hunt. Hillary Clinton's Wall Street speeches show a duplicitous 'double life' between her public and private personas.
Donald Trump was in a fairly close race with Hillary Clinton just prior to last Monday's debate—and then out came the long knives. The Washington Post dropped a politically timed, long-known 2005 video of Trump boasting to Access Hollywood co-host Billy Bush about his attempts to sleep with married women.
The fallout has been tremendous. A classic character assassination attempt tailor-made to tarnish Trump's image with female voters especially, the hit has scored damage on the Republican candidate. So much so, that Trump's responses thus far have been an apology, followed by uncharacteristically meek utterances like, “Certainly has been an interesting 24 hours!”
Indeed. Another video has dropped, this time from the “Howard Stern” show.
As The Washington Post reported, the candidate apparently went on at length about his sex life:
On a new batch of recordings from Howard Stern’s radio shows aired Saturday by CNN, Trump said he would “have no problem” having sex with 24-year-olds, that he “couldn’t care less” if he satisfies the women he sleeps with, that “it’s checkout time” once women reach the age of 35 and that he had engaged in three-way sex.
“Haven’t we all?” Trump told Stern on his SiriusXM satellite radio show in 2008. “Are we babies?”
The recording also shows Trump discussing how “voluptuous” his daughter is and that it is fine for Stern to call her a “piece of ass.”
As WaPo notes, it also discusses Trump “barging in on nude Miss Universe beauty pageant contestants in their dressing room,” which Trump refers to as “inspections.”
If a tweet by a producer of “The Apprentice” during the first and second seasons is any indication, times are about to get even more “interesting” for the Trump campaign.
Taking to Twitter on Saturday evening, “The Apprentice's” producer Bill Pruitt left a hint that there is even more dramatic footage of Donald Trump that the public has yet to see. As Pruitt remarked:
“As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse. #justthebegininng,” Prutt said.
The comment has already launched a retinue of journalists lining up at the producer's virtual door to get the hypothetically “damning” goods on Trump.
While some have speculated that Pruitt has a non-disclosure agreement, it is unclear whether or not this would apply to Pruitt or if a violation could be legally defended in the interest of the “public good.”
BuzzFeed, among others, has swooped in to get the goods from Pruitt, if such goods actually exist. And judging by the footage with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, it's no stretch of the imagination that another smoking gun video exists.
The website reported on attempts to get further clarification from “The Apprentice” producer:
Pressure is building on The Apprentice producers to release unaired raw footage of the show after Friday’s release of a 2005 hot mic video of Donald Trump apparently bragging about sexually assaulting women and trying to have sex with a married woman.
More than 20 former contestants, crew members, and editors told the Associated Press that Trump treated women on the show inappropriately, including talking about which contestants he would like to have sex with and rating them by breast size.
A former “anonymous” cast member, as cited by BuzzFeed, reportedly told the AP:
“If there was a break in the conversation, he would then look at one of the female cast members, saying ‘you’re looking kind of hot today, I love that dress on you,’ then he would turn to one of the male cast members and say ‘wouldn’t you sleep with her?’ and then everyone would laugh,” a former crew member, who spoke anonymously due to a non-disclosure agreement, told AP.
“There would be about 10 or 12 cameras rolling and getting that footage, which is why everybody was like, this guy just doesn’t care.”
The journalists and public figures clamoring to get their hands on the purported footage is a sight to behold:
NBC spokesperson Rebecca Marks told the AP “she did not know if the network has unaired footage in storage, and even if they did, they would not be permitted to release it,” as reported by BuzzFeed.
“We don’t have the legal right to give out the footage from that show,” Marks added. However, there are cases of NDAs being legally defended in court with the justification that it is a “matter of substantial public concern.”
Meanwhile, the Trump campaign appears poised to respond by attacking the reputation of the Clintons himself, particularly former President Bill Clinton:
It's worth noting those who attempted to vet Trump ahead of this predictable fallout during the GOP primaries were castigated by the right and even shunned.
Now, Trump is in for the fight of his political life as the second presidential debate looms ahead on Sunday. If the last week is any indication, the Republican candidate may indeed be in store for another “October Surprise.”
It's telling that as far as these stories go, these weren't “June surprises” last year. Instead, the media provided more-than-ample airtime for Trump to make his case for president, knowing full well that as the November election closed in, it was going to drop everything it had on the Republican candidate.
As Pruitt aptly put it, this is “just the beginning.”