The allegations of making racially derogatory comments continue to pile up against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, with new evidence coming to light that during the filming of “The Apprentice” Trump repeatedly used a bizarre term to describe a famous recording artist who was also a contestant.
Three former staffers from The Apprentice have all told the same story that during the taping of the 13th season, which was called “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice”, Trump made repeated racially insensitive remarks to Lil Jon, the artist behind the wildly popular song “Turn Down for What.”
Apparently, to complete a task given by Trump, Lil Jon thought it would be appropriate to dress up like Uncle Sam to help promote hair care products. Trump learned of the artist’s gimmick and immediately began to refer to Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom” rather than Uncle Sam. One staffer described Trump’s comments with Trump shouting, “Look, he’s Uncle Tom!”
Trump found the name to be music to his idiotic racist ears and kept repeating it over and over. Word quickly spread across the studio to other contestants, including Arsenio Hall (who is also black), who expressed his outrage that Trump would use such a term. The show’s producers who began doing damage control and accosted Trump about his choice of words. A staffer speaking on a condition of anonymity due to nondisclosure agreement vividly recalled the scene:
One of the executive producers had to call him (Trump) up directly to plead with him not to say it, and Trump was like, ‘No, that’s a saying, it’s Uncle Tom.’ There are several takes in the footage of the dailies that has him trying to figure out the difference between ‘Uncle Tom’ and Uncle Sam. He just couldn’t grasp that it was offensive… When Trump decides he wants to do something, that’s his way.
Clearly Trump, a paragon of white privilege, would know what terms are racist or insensitive as he is an individual who is up on all linguistical terms considering he has been trapped in a mindset akin to the 1950s his entire life.
Another former staff member said, “It was not like he was saying the n-word, or anything. But I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t just realize he was being offensive with that particular term!” Why? Because Trump’s a bumbling buffoon, that’s why.
The Trump campaign was asked to respond to the allegations they quickly responded. Trump’s campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said, “This is simply untrue.” Has the Trump campaign ever admitted to wrong doing? No. Besides, the story was corroborated by Lil Jon himself via Twitter. He wrote:
When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on Celebrity Apprentice in the boardroom several of my castmates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not, but he did stop using that term once we explained [its] offensiveness. I also want to be clear that I don’t agree with many of the statements Mr. Trump has said during his current run for President.
Further evidence exists, from four years ago in 2012, that this incident occurred. An individual who claimed to work for The Apprentice wrote to the gossip website “The Dirty” with the following account that partly read:
Lil Jon who is on the show was dressed up as Uncle Sam for one of the challenges and Donald Trump kept calling him Uncle Tom both on and off camera.
Trump’s past comments of making racially insensitive comments are well documented. He once, for example, said:
I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza — black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. Those are the kind of people I want counting my money. Nobody else. Besides that, I’ve got to tell you something else. I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is; I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.
While the footage of Trump’s Uncle Tom comments has yet to be unearthed, one can decide for themselves if they believe Trump, who has been making insensitive comments about every possible group of people possible for years, would have called Lil Jon an “Uncle Tom.” The public is also awaiting footage from The Apprentice where it has been alleged Trump used the actual N-word on camera numerous times.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.