“Donald J. Trump is New York’s largest real estate developer whose lucrative brand made successful properties, casinos, golf courses, modeling agencies, and shuttles”…is a phrase easily disproven with a Google search. By the early 2000s, Trump had already faced multiple business failures, bankruptcies, sexual assault allegations, labor violation lawsuits, and he already made many abhorrent public statements. Whatta guy!
Despite this, famed reality TV show producer, Mark Burnett had no issue making Trump the host of his new program, THE APPRENTICE. The show premiered on NBC in 2004 and became a rating’s hit for NBC. Overnight, Trump went from “bigoted man who can’t keep a business afloat” to that lovable host who says “Ya fired!”
The big question is, if we had applied a little bit of scrutiny to Trump’s public scandals or at the very least, prevented him from becoming a reality TV show host, would we have been spared a Trump presidency?
Jordan is joined by two-time SURVIVOR contestant, Erik Reichenbach, to discuss Trump’s early career scandals, THE APPRENTICE’s rehabilitating portrayal of Trump, and how THE APPRENTICE influenced Trump’s 2016 election victory. Also, Erik and Jordan describe their brief encounters with Mark Burnett.
Go to www.dabudoodles.com to see Erik’s phenomenal art and graphic design work.
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New Yorker Piece on Mark Burnett and his relationship with Trump. Also, see here.
Burnett defending Trump post-election
THE APPRENTICES Influence on Trump’s campaign
Trump Business Failures and the people he doesn’t pay
Trump and the Mob
Tony Schwartz’s writing process for THE ART OF THE DEAL Also see here.
Info on alleged secret APPRENTICE tapes
Trump’s history of evicting tenants in the 80s.
Trump-Central Park 5. Also discussed here.
Trump is not the “biggest New York real estate developer”.
THE APPRENTICE was a lie! But it gave us his campaign!
NPR – What THE APPRENTICE taught us about Trump. Also see here. And here.
Read here for info on what it’s like to be an APPRENTICE winner.
Trump is a good source of COVID misinformation
Remember Trump Airlines?
NBC and Trump