“For Trump or any human being to judge someone off looks alone ... I think that’s really immature and cruel,” the 32-year-old said in an interview with Extra on Monday. “How am I dragged into everything?”
Last week, multiple sources told The Huffington Post that the Republican presidential nominee called the reality star “the ugly Kardashian,” in addition to the “fat piglet” comment, and did all he could to kick her off “Apprentice.”
“When they fired [her], it wasn’t on merit,” an editor told The Huffington Post. “It was on him not liking her.”
On Thursday, The Daily Beast learned that Trump also repeatedly referred to actress Marlee Matlin, who is deaf, as “retarded” during her “Celebrity Apprentice” tenure (something he’s said about a number of people). Matlin issued a statement about reports on Friday, calling the term “abhorrent.”
“So, what’s my response? It’s not about insults or taking each other down,” the actress said. “As a person who is Deaf, as a woman, as a mom, as a wife, as an actor. I have a voice. And I’m using that voice to make myself heard ... and vote.”
The GOP candidate also referred to Lil Jon as “Uncle Tom” during his time on the show. The rapper confirmed the incident with Trump and said that he quickly corrected the former reality TV host after it occurred.
“When this ‘Uncle Tom’ incident happened on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ in the boardroom several of my cast mates and I addressed Mr. Trump immediately when we heard the comment,” Lil Jon said in a statement on Twitter Friday. “I can’t say if he knew what he was actually saying or not but he did stop using that term once we explained it’s offensiveness.”
The rapper added, “I also want to be clear that I don’t agree with many of the statements Mr. Trump has said during his current run for president.”
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.