“Grab em by the pussy,” is actually quite tame fare from Donald Trump, according to a new interview of “Apprentice” producer Bill Pruitt heard on NPR Embedded.
“We recorded constantly. We went into the boardroom to set up discussions about how and who should get fired [on the show] without talking and saying directly who got fired, so there was a big, long exchange, all of which was recorded,” he said. “Out of those exchanges came some really unfathomably despicable words said by this guy who is a TV star. I heard it. I watched it, and those things are somewhere in some warehouse.”
“When you heard these things, there’s the audible gasp that is quickly followed by a cough, and then you just sort of carry on,” he said.
“To be, ‘Hey, TV star, shut your goddam mouth and don’t ever, ever repeat what you just said to anyone ever’—of course you think that. You go back to your hotel room or your apartment, and you do some soul-searching.”
A White House spokesman told NPR that the claims are the “same recycled and false attacks.”
Pruitt, who left The Apprentice after the second season and now works on documentaries, expressed regret that what he says was a false image of Trump was created for the show and later helped him become president.
“We told a story,” he said. “Now all of a sudden we’re here. A cultural icon emerged because we weren’t necessarily truthful about our portrayal.”
The Hollywood dream machine created an illusion, which some people bought, while other smarter minds such as Vladimir Putin’s figured out a way to exploit, and the net effect of it all is that we’re living in this nightmare.