"I was uncomfortable": Magician Penn Jillette claims he heard Trump say 'racially insensitive things'

Jillette had made an appearance on the show at the time. He claimed that producer Mark Burnett has evidence of the same on tape.


                            "I was uncomfortable": Magician Penn Jillette claims he heard Trump say 'racially insensitive things'

Magician and television personality Penn Jillette in a recent interview claimed that he heard President Donald Trump say "racially insensitive things" on the sets of "The Celebrity Apprentice" back in 2012. Jillette had made an appearance on the show at the time. He claimed that producer Mark Burnett has evidence of the same on tape.

Speaking of which, he said: "He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable," and added, "I don't think he ever said anything in that room like 'African-Americans are inferior' or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every 10 minutes was fingernails on a chalkboard."

 



"He would ask one cast member if he'd rather have sex with this woman or that woman. I can emotionally tell you things that happened racially, sexually, and that showed stupidity and lack of compassion when I was in the room with Donald Trump." He also admitted that since it was a long time ago, he doesn't remember the exact details. He added, "If Donald Trump had not become president, I would tell you all the stories. But the stakes are now high, and I am an unreliable narrator. What I do, as much as anything, is I’m a storyteller. And storytellers are liars. I guarantee you that I will get the details wrong. I would not feel comfortable talking about what I felt I saw in that room — because when I was on that show I was sleeping four to five hours a night. I was uncomfortable. 'Stress' is the wrong word, but I was not at my best. Then at the end of a day, they put you in a room, and they bring out a guy [Trump] who has no power whatsoever, and he’s capricious and petty and …"

 

Penn Jillette of the comedy/magic team Penn & Teller arrives at a memorial for Jerry Lewis at the South Point Hotel & Casino on September 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewis died on August 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas at age 91.
Penn Jillette of the comedy/magic team Penn & Teller arrives at a memorial for Jerry Lewis at the South Point Hotel & Casino on September 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lewis died on August 20, 2017, at his home in Las Vegas at age 91.

She has reportedly claimed in her new book 'Unhinged': "I had to go through the pain of witnessing his racism with my own eyes, and hearing it with my own ears, many times until I couldn't deny it any longer." She describes Trump in the book as a person who "loved conflict, chaos, and confusion; he loved seeing people argue or fight." She alleges that he has shown indications of "mental decline that could not be denied."

After she released a tape that appeared to show multiple Donald Trump staffers discuss giving a positive spin to an alleged videotape on which the Republican president can be heard using the N-word, the White House retaliated with the following dinnertime statement. "The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room, shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.