Last Friday, actor and comedian Tom Arnold told Seattle radio host Dori Monson that he has the infamous tapes on which president-elect Donald Trump makes racist, misogynistic comments.
“I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever,” Arnold told Monsoon. “I have that.”
In October, reports surfaced that unaired footage from Trump’s NBC show contained Trump making vulgar comments. The news came just days after a leaked Access Hollywood tape revealed Trump bragging to then host Billy Bush about sexually assaulting women.
When Monson asked Arnold why the tapes didn’t leak before the election, Arnold claimed it was because he and others didn’t think Trump would win the presidency.
“[W]hen the people sent it to me, it was funny,” said Arnold. “Hundreds of people have seen these. It was sort of a Christmas video they put together. He wasn’t going to be president of the United States. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.”
Arnold also claimed Hillary Clinton told Arnold to release the tapes, but he resisted because those who made the tape feared retaliation by Trump and paying the millions attached to a signed confidentiality agreement.
“I get a call from Arnold [Schwarzenegger]’s CAA agent, sitting next to Hillary Clinton. They said, ‘I need you to release him saying the N-word.’” Arnold revealed. “I said, ‘Well, now these people—two editors and an associate producer—are scared to death. They’re scared of his people, they’re scared of they’ll never work again, there’s a $5 million confidentiality agreement.’”
Although the election is over and electors officially made Donald Trump the 45th president of the United States, Arnold says the tapes “will come out.” If they do, the tapes will add fuel to the claims from Hillary Clinton’s campaign that Donald Trump’s campaign acted as a platform for white supremacists, especially if there’s evidence that the president-elect himself uses the same hate speech. Then again, given Trump’s infalliability, it’s not entirely ridiculous to assume the tapes will do little except widen the gap between haters and lovers.