The Republican presidential nominee has a long history of demeaning women and people with disabilities. But even for Donald Trump, this is sick — he reportedly called deaf ‘Apprentice’ contestant, Marlee Matlin, ‘retarded’ and constantly talked down to her. Disgusting.
Marlee Matlin came in second place on Celebrity Apprentice and earned her fair share of praise from Donald Trump, 70, when the cameras were rolling, but behind the scenes, he treated her horribly, according to three anonymous staffers on the show.
“He would often equate that she was mentally retarded,” one source told The Daily Beast. Another employee explained how Trump would write notes on pieces of paper while in the boardroom, and revealed that one allegedly read, “Marlee, is she retarded??”
“In the boardroom, he would talk to her like she was ‘special,” an insider explained to the site. “He took her deafness as some kind of handicap. Fellow contestant Richard Hatch also revealed that the presidential candidate would make “sexual comments” to Marlee and “all of the women” on the show. “It was obvious and it was grotesque,” he told People. “It was blatant and it was frequent. He did it with Lisa Rinna, he did it with Marlee Matlin. He did it with whomever happened to be there at the time…He did it in front of Ivanka.”
Marlee hasn’t commented on this story, although she’s previously said that Donald treated her “with respect and humor” while she was on The Apprentice. However, these shocking new claims about how he acted toward her come amidst dozens of other accusations from women who allege that he sexually assaulted them, along with the leaked video of him making disgusting, lewd comments about Nancy O’Dell and women in general. The 70-year-old has denied the allegations and brushed off the tape, but they’re both certainly taking a toll on his campaign.
HollywoodLifers, do you believe that Donald called Marlee ‘retarded’? Are you shocked by these accusations?