A group of former contestants on ‘s hit show ‘The Apprentice’ are firing back against their fellow reality TV stars who denounced the Republican front-runner on Friday as a divisive racist.
‘The people who complained are black!’ Season 5 contestant Lenny Veltman told DailyMail.com, noting the race of the three anti-Trump contestants who blasted Trump in a press conference on Friday.
‘If he’s so racist, how did they get on the show?’
‘Holy s**t! Those guys are opportunists. Plus they’ve never been Republicans to begin with,’ he said, suggesting their opposition to Trump is the product of mere partisanship.
‘I’m laughing at it,’ Veltman said.
‘Because you know, those guys are looking for an opportunity to get another 5 minutes on TV. They’re a bunch of losers.’
‘They’re all in the Democratic Party. And he’s racist? How come he has so many people of different races on the show?
He never discriminated against anyone. He never fired anyone because they were black or Chinese or Russian, or anything.’
MAKE ‘APPRENTICE’ GREAT AGAIN’: Former reality show star Kristen Kirchner told DailyMail.com that Donald Trump’s African-American detractors who were on the show with her are ‘famewhores’
IN HAPPIER TIMES: Kirchner (back row, 3rd right) appeared in Season 3 with anti-Trump activist Tara Dowdell (front row, second right) and Trump campaign supporter Erin Elmore (front row, center)
YUUUGE FANS: Lenny Veltman (left, with Trump) and Audrey Evans (right) are among a group of former ‘Apprentices’ who are backing The Donald
QUESTIONS OF RACE: Randal Pinkett (right), Tara Dowdell and Kwame Jackson (left), all former Apprentice contestants, speak at a news conference against Donald Trump on Friday
Season 3 contestant Kristen Kirchner was even more blunt about Randall Pinkett, Kwame Jackson, Tara Dowdell and Marshawn Evans Daniels, the group that railed against Trump on Friday..
‘They’re definitely press whores and famewhores as far as I’m concerned,’ she told DailyMail.com.
‘He sometimes makes remarks that he can’t take back, but he is not racist in any way, shape or form,’ she said.
Kirchner recalled that Trump had hosted actress Jennifer Hudson and her family members at Trump Tower in 2008 after her brother-in-law shot her mother, brother and nephew dead in Chicago
‘If Trump were a racist, why would he reach out to help her when no one else would?’ she asked.
Kirchner said she helped organize a calendar shoot to benefit Jackets for Jobs, a Chicago charity that helps mostly poor African-American women dress for success to win jobs in the business sector that usually go to candidates with more built-in life advantages.
‘Trump wrote a $5,000 check,’ she recalled.
‘This project is run by an African-American woman, and helps African-American women.’
‘This pisses me off,’ she said of Friday’s press conference. ‘I don’t see where racism comes in except for this group of famewhores wanting another 15 minutes in the spotlight.’
Another Season 3 contestant, Erin Elmore, said her impression of Trump was that of an even-handed and race-blind businessman for whom bottom-line results were more important than anything else.
‘While on the show, I had a great deal of interaction with Mr.
Trump,’ she said in an email.
‘Not once did I hear him say a disparaging remark about women, minorities, or non-Americans. He treated everyone with dignity and respect and was a total professional.’
‘Subsequent to my time on the show, Mr.
Trump wrote me letters of recommendation and did everything in his power to help me advance my career,’ she added.
Trump is the Republican front-runner but perceptions that he’s not color-blind could hurt him in a general election
TRUMP-WHISPERER: Brian McDowell has remained close to The Donald since his ‘Apprentice’ days and was quick to suggest other alumni who have been quietly supportive of the campaign
BODY + BRAINS: Erin Elmore posed for a ‘Women of The Apprentice’ calendar shoot