A former producer on “The Apprentice” claims there are tapes with President Donald Trump making “unfathomably despicable” racist comments about African-Americans and Jews.
Speaking on NPR’s “Embedded” podcast, producer Bill Pruitt said during meetings for the show, Trump would often make racist remarks that would send the room into an “audible gasp.”
“We recorded constantly. We went into the boardroom to set up discussions about how and who should get fired [on the show] without talking and saying directly who got fired, so there was a big, long exchange, all of which was recorded,” he said.
“Out of those exchanges, came some really unfathomably despicable words said by this guy who is a TV star. I heard it. I watched it, and those things are somewhere in some warehouse.”
When asked if Trump’s remarks were always sexist in nature, similar to his infamous “grab them by the p***y” line from the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape, Pruitt said: “No, very much a racist issue.”
“About African-Americans, Jewish people or all of the above?” the host asked Pruitt, who responded, “yes.”
However, unlike in the “Access Hollywood” recording, Pruitt says Trump’s comments were never encouraged and often elicited an awkward cough from the room. Pruitt added he didn’t think it was his place to call out Trump for his remarks.
A White House spokesman called Pruitt’s claims the “same recycled and false attacks.”
Pruitt has previously mentioned these rumored tapes, tweeting last year, “As a producer on seasons 1 & 2 of #theapprentice I assure you: when it comes to the #trumptapes there are far worse.”
As far as why he hasn’t made the recordings public: “I don’t have them. I wish I did.”
Actor Tom Arnold has also claimed to have “Apprentice” outtakes with Trump saying “every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever.”
Listen to the full podcast below, via NPR.