Six former contestants on Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s business-themed game show “The Apprentice” plan to publicly denounce his “unpatriotic” and “self-serving” campaign, according to a Thursday report from the New York Daily News.
“Based on [our experience working for the Trump Organization] and Donald’s campaign, we do not believe he is worthy of becoming president of the United States,” Randal Pinkett, the first person of color to win the show, told the paper.
Marshawn Evans Daniels, who was a contestant on season four, called the billionaire’s bid for the White House “unpatriotic, anti-American, self-serving, regressive and downright lazy.”
“Trump is passionately and strategically reigniting a dirty and divisive culture soaked in a history of prejudice, fear and hate,” she said.
Pinkett and Daniels are slated to join with Kwame Jackson, Kevin Allen, James Sun, and Tara Dowdell in a Friday press conference to denounce Trump, according to the Daily News.
Trump slammed his former protégés for their “total dishonesty and disloyalty” in a statement.
“How quickly they forget,” the real estate mogul said. “They just want to get back into the limelight like they had when they were with Trump.”
Trump hosted the game show, which pitted aspiring entrepreneurs against each other for “the ultimate job interview,” for 14 seasons from 2004 until 2015. NBC cut ties with Trump shortly after he launched his presidential bid over his controversial remarks that undocumented Mexican immigrants crossing the border into the U.S. are “rapists” and drug dealers.