Two former Apprentice contestants who have been critical of the presidential candidacy of former host Donald Trump were pitted against another former contestant who backs the businessman Friday night on CNN and sparks flew over issues of race and how Trump uses his celebrity as a substitute for experience.
Kwame Jackson and Randal Pinkett began the segment by being critical of Trump, with Pinkett telling host Don Lemon he has become dismayed at the evolution of Trump as a candidate.
“We’ve seen the campaign evolve from when Donald announced and talked about Mexicans as rapists and criminals to what we’ve seen more recently with the violence as his campaign rallies,” Pinkett explained. “We’ve all grown increasingly concerned that the Donald we knew when we competed is not the Donald we know as a candidate.”
Pinkett went to say that Trump is still the “bombastic personality” he knew from before before adding, “What we didn’t see was how extreme his views have evolved as he has become a political candidate.”
Jackson jumped in to say, “We are bordering on the precipice of fascism.”
Joining the panel, Trump supporter Andy Dean criticized their comments saying he’s been to over twenty Trump rallies and has never seen anyone from the Trump campaign incite violence. He then accused the two of being ungrateful for the opportunity Trump gave them by putting them on the show.
Things grew heated when discussing how Trump has conducted his campaign with the three men talking over each other as Reed defended Trump by citing his business success, causing Jackson to smile and smack Dean down with, “Being rich don’t make you right, Andy.”
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