Mary Trump Reacts to Report of Donald Trump Using ‘N-word’

“Why is anybody surprised?” Mary Trump said about the allegations that Donald Trump said the “n-word” on his former show, The Apprentice. “Does it matter anymore?” she added.

On Thursday’s episode of her show, Nerd Avengers, broadcast live on her YouTube channel, Mary Trump, said the newest claim against the former president is “to the shock and consternation of absolutely nobody.”

Bill Pruitt was one of four producers during The Apprentice’s first two seasons in 2004. He had previously been under a nondisclosure agreement for two decades, but it expired this year.

Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump during the Season Finale of the Celebrity Apprentice on May 10, 2009, in New York City. On Thursday, a former Apprentice producer claimed that Trump said the…

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In a Thursday Slate Magazine article, Pruitt says that Trump used the “n-word” during the filming of his reality television show and it was caught on tape. He quotes Trump allegedly saying about Kwame Jackson, “But, I mean, would America buy a n***** winning?” Jackson, a Black finalist, lost to Bill Rancic.

Mary Trump, the estranged niece and frequent critic of the former president, said of the allegations, “Does it matter anymore? Like, I think there is a time when it might have mattered, I believed when the Access Hollywood tape came out that if you used a word that started with c instead of a word that started with p that that actually might have made a difference.” She concluded, “Maybe I was just young and naïve back then.”

She gestured toward Pruitt, saying “If there’s a tape, then just show it to us, instead of talking about it.” Later in the episode, Mary Trump discussed how the term was casually used in her family, referring to her and Donald Trump’s grandfather, Fred Trump, saying, “Yes, it’s a word that was used in my grandparents’ house.”

She noted that much like his recent ruling in the E. Jean Carroll lawsuit, in which a jury decided he should pay $83.3 million to Carroll for defamation and denying her claims that he sexually assaulted her. Mary Trump said this behavior “plays well with his base” adding that the verdict “increased his street cred with his base, to be an adjudicated sexual abuser.” “They like the thuggish-ness,” she said of Trump’s base.

Newsweek reached out to Mary Trump and Pruitt for comment via email on Thursday.

In an email to Newsweek on Thursday afternoon, Steven Cheung, Trump’s campaign communications director, said: “This is a completely fabricated and bulls*** story that was already peddled in 2016. Nobody took it seriously then, and they won’t now, because it’s fake news. Now that Crooked Joe Biden and the Democrats are losing the election and Black voters are rejecting their policies, they are bringing up old fake stories from the past because they are desperate.”

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