Former contestants on the TV show hosted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump say the New York billionaire isn't the right man for the job of president. Diane Hodges reports.
On the TV show, the apprentice, then-host Donald Trump often told contestants, "you're fired." Now, six of them are turning the tables on him, telling reporters in New York that the Republican presidential candidate is not the right man for the job of president. One of those is season 4 contestant Marshawn Evans Daniels. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARSHAWN EVANS DANIELS, SEASON 4 CONTESTANT OF "THE APPRENTICE," SAYING: "If he is going to be president and I don't care whether it's him or anybody else, he has to be able to have a sit down with people, he has to be able to engage people and people do not engage with inauthentic, self-serving, small thinking." Season 3 contestant Tara Dowdell agrees. But when it comes to the issues of illegal immigration and barring Muslims from America, she says Trump is simply saying what his supporters want to hear. . (SOUNDBITE) (English) TARA DOWDELL, SEASON 3 CONTESTANT OF "THE APPRENTICE," SAYING: "He saw there was an anger in this country that was specifically related to the changing demographics of this country and he is choosing to exploit that. And so whether he believes it or not, it actually doesn't matter, because the actions, or what's resulting from it, is dangerous and irresponsible and he's moving forward in spite of that." Trump is dismissing the group as "failing wannabees," but one of them was the man Trump picked as the winner of season 4, Randal Pinkett, who says Trump is nothing more than an opportunist. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RANDAL PINKETT, FORMER CONTESTANT AND SEASON 4 WINNER OF "THE APPRENTICE," SAYING: "Donald's principles often lie where there is opportunity. So if the opportunity is to be a Democrat and to support their campaigns because it supports his business agenda then today is the day he's a Democrat. If the next day, Donald's principles must shift from being pro-choice to being pro-life to Democrat to Republican, then his principles can now move." The news conference comes just days before New York, Trump's home state, will hold its primary, a contest the billionaire real estate magnate says he expects to win.