The Huffington Post acquired a leaked transcript from an episode of The Apprentice in which Donald Trump criticizes country music singer Emily West for having "bad skin." This is definitely not even close to the worst thing Trump has said even in the last 24 hours, but it is yet another example of Trump trashing a woman's appearance.
A 2010 episode of The Apprentice entitled 'Beauty and Brains' had contestants re-brand a country music star to be judged by three industry professionals. West and Luke Bryan were chosen to be "made over" by the teams, and were coached on interviews, made live appearances and were given newly produced promotional packets.
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When it came time for the boardroom evaluation, transcripts show that Trump couldn't help but turning the conversation back to West's appearance multiple times—specifically targeting her.
"I assume you’re gonna leave this off, don’t put this shit on the show, you know. But her skin, her skin sucks, okay?” says Trump, according to the transcript. "I mean her skin, she needs some serious fuckin’ dermatology."
According to The Huffington Post, Trump went back and forth about West's appearance for about three minutes. In a rare moment of self-awareness amidst the rant against West's skin, he even said, "I assume you’re not putting this on the show. ‘Cause I don’t wanna destroy the kid’s career."
At one point in the conversation, Trump said this of Luke Bryan: "Personally, I am, as you probably heard, not a gay man, but I think he’s better looking that [sic] Emily okay?"
When Trump asked guest judge Trace Adkins what he thought of the brochures each team made for the challenge, Adkins said he preferred Emily's. Trump shot back with, "You’re obviously not a skin man, which is okay. I wish I wasn't."
Despite the weird fixation on her skin, Emily's team, led by pop singer Cyndi Lauper, ended up winning the challenge. Lauper confirmed to HuffPo that the leaked transcript was accurate. "Yes, of course [he said that],” Lauper said. "Of all people to talk about people’s skin! What the hell is going on with his?"
The Huffington Post also reports that there are many tapes and transcripts documenting sexist, racist and bigoted things Trump has said while filming The Apprentice over the years, but those who worked on the show had to sign nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that prevents them from discussing or releasing any information. Those who break the NDA will face a $5 million dollar fine. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to raise funds to compensate a whistleblower.
Almost everyone who works for Trump has to sign an NDA, and Trump has said in the past that if he were president, he would said he would consider requiring high-level federal employees to sign NDAs as well. Kind of ironic from the man who called upon Russia to "expose" his opponent.