Tom Arnold has claimed that he is in possession of tapes in which Donald Trump was recorded making some very racist comments when he hosted the reality TV show “The Apprentice.” Many have now attacked the actor on social media for not having made the tapes, if they do exist, public before the election.
Arnold, who converted to Judaism before his marriage to comedian Rosanne in 1990, says that he still practices the religion.
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Agre F-ME. Complicated. just been my career or death threats FO would've in Oct. I've Heard $ ruin death threats 4, 30 yr. Norm folks scared https://t.co/Kgi9TWTrFz
— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 20, 2016
In an interview with Seattle’s KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson, Tom Arnold said, “I have the outtakes to ‘The Apprentice’ where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. I have that. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.”
Many people speculated that such tapes existed during the closing weeks of the campaign. Reports have surfaced that allies of Hillary Clinton’s even tried to get people like Ari Emanuel and producer of The Apprentice Mark Burnett to release outtakes form the show. But it is not clear why Tom Arnold would have such tapes. He claims that certain people sent them to him because they thought that he would find it amusing, but has not said who these people were.
When asked why he did not release the tapes, Tom Arnold said, “I’ll tell you why. Because when the people sent it to me, it was funny. Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be President of the United States. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children. Oh, this is so funny, this is this guy.
“The Sunday before the election, I get a call from Arnold’s CAA agent, sitting next to Hillary Clinton. They said, ‘I need you to release him saying the N-word.’ I said, ‘Well, now these people – two editors and an associate producer — are scared to death. They’re scared of his people, they’re scared of they’ll never work again, there’s a $5 million confidentiality agreement.’
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 20, 2016
Even though it will not change the election results, many people have been calling on Ton Arnold through Twitter to release the tapes now. They say that it will undercut Donald Trump’s ability to govern and also annoy Arnold’s ex-wife ardent Trump supporter Rosanne.