While visiting with KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson on Friday to talk about his upcoming performance in Seattle, comedian Tom Arnold revealed a bombshell: He has the infamous unreleased outtakes of Donald Trump using inflammatory language on “The Apprentice.”Here's Arnold's description of the tape:
“I have the outtakes to ‘The Apprentice’ where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever,” Arnold said. “I have that.”
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.Arnold was asked to release it before the election, but he didn't want to do so, because he believed that the people who put the tape together would have been at risk:
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.’So it never came out. And now there's a disagreement about whether the release of the tape would have made a difference:
Monson said he’s sure those recordings would have sunk Trump’s campaign, but Arnold disagreed.I think a lot of Trump voters would have enjoyed the tape. Others would have said that it was no big deal. But they're not the ones who infuriate me. I imagine there are quite a few people who voted for Trump who would have said that this tape was way over the line -- you know, the way they did when he attacked John McCain, or mocked Serge Kovaleski's disability, or said Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever," or attack the Khan family, or was heard on the Access Hollywood tape joking about sexual assault.
“I don’t think so,” Arnold said. “I think if the people that like him saw him saying the N-word, he’s sitting matter of factly in front of, there has to be 30 people there, and he’s matter of factly saying all of this stuff. So I think they would have liked him more, the people, for being politically incorrect.”
I sincerely believe that many Trump voters thought most or all of those things were disturbing. I think they would have felt the same way if they'd heard him use the N-word or call his son a retard. And then they would have voted for him anyway. To these voters, there was nothing he could say or do that would make them believe he was worse than Hillary Clinton.
Nothing? I keep trying to figure out whether that's really accurate. If we saw him violently assaulting someone on video? Or smoking crack? Or wearing a swastika and praising Hitler? What would it have taken? At what point would Trump voters, even the ones who seemed to have consciences, stop making excuses for him?
Certainly nothing on this tape would have crossed their line. I don't think it would have lost him a single vote.