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Former 'The Apprentice' contestants react to Donald Trump's victory in presidential election


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/09/2016 

Former The Apprentice contestants are sharing their opinions about Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States.

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The 70-year-old billionaire businessman and former The Apprentice star defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in a stunning upset that finally came to a head in the early morning hours on Wednesday.

While celebrities of all types have been very vocal about their support or disdain for Trump, former contestants of his NBC reality show got to know him up close and personal -- in a reality-show setting, personally behind the camera and through his political race. Over the last 24 hours, Twitter has exploded with comments and complaints. 

Fourth-season The Apprentice winner Randal Pinkett and fellow contestant Marshawn Evans Daniels, as well as the franchise's first-season runner-up Kwame Jackson, clearly aren't happy with the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Pinkett, Daniels and Jackson had been among the group of former Apprentice contestants who held an April press conference to denounce Trump ahead of the Republican Primary. At the time, they accused him of running a "campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate."

Pinkett wrote on Twitter several hours ago, "Congratulations to president-elect Donald Trump on an impressive and historic victory tonight... Time to begin healing wounds from this combative election and unite our country. Donald did not have my vote but he certainly has my support."

Daniels posted a controversial series of photos in which a black woman was being hanged with a sign on her back that reads, "This n-gger voted."

"These photos depict why I'm not supporting my former mentor @realDonaldTrump & instead the candidate who has NOT been endorsed by the KKK," Daniels captioned the alarming images.

"No matter what the polls say, you matter. God sees you," she continued, before quoting Clinton. "God hasn't forgotten you. #MakeAmericaOne... Your gender is not a curse. Nor is your race.... To young girls -->> Never doubt that you are powerful, worthy and deserving to pursue your dreams! @HillaryClinton #breathe #makeAmericaOne."

As the election results were being revealed on Tuesday night, Jackson shared on social media, "Hold that #BlueWall... come on #Pennsylvania #Michigan we need you now more than ever. We need you on that wall, we want you on it!"

After Trump was declared the winner, Jackson retweeted two comments from his followers who wrote, "How long until 4 years from now?" and "Maybe this isn't the country we thought it was."

The Celebrity Apprentice's fifth-season winner, Arsenio Hall, took a similar stance on the election.

"Well, if Trump is going to be president... I'm glad California has fully legalized marijuana use. I'm gonna need a joint to cope with this," said the show's 2012 winner. "I hope Donald Trump doesn't put his name on the Whitehouse! #tacky."

On the opposite side of the spectrum, many former The Apprentice contestants have been proud to wear red and publicly celebrate with their former reality TV boss.

Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth -- who competed on Season 1 of The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars and served as Trump's Director of African-American Outreach for his campaign -- has naturally been among the most vocal.

"TrumpTrain. my season7 castmate @StephenBaldwin7 is in the house!! He has been with us from day1!! #MAGA," she tweeted.

In the photo with Stallworth was Stephen Baldwin, who also competed on Season 1 of The Celebrity Apprentice as well as the show's subsequent All-Stars edition.

"Soon the REAL work begins... to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain ! Proud to have been a part of such amazing history !! @realDonaldTrump," Baldwin recently tweeted. "God bless America !! & our 45th President of the USA & the new first family ... @realDonaldTrump @kellyannepolls #MakeAmericaGreatAgain."

Piers Morgan also endorsed Trump. In addition to occasionally serving as a boardroom adviser on The Celebrity Apprentice, he won the show's first edition in 2008.

"Congratulations to my friend @realDonaldTrump - an astonishing achievement," Morgan wrote, later adding after Trump's acceptance speech: "(President) Trump already sounding calmer, less confrontational & more inclusive. Augurs well. #USElection... I might have to run for British Prime Minister now so we can properly restore the Special Relationship."

Geraldo Rivera, The Celebrity Apprentice's Season 7 runner-up, also tweeted, "Congratulations my friend & fmr colleague @realDonaldTrump. Happy for you & your family who worked so hard. Now unite us. One #POTUS for all."

Rivera added, "A revolution happened. It just wasn't the one we anticipated. #latinos rose up-but wave was inundated by rise of the #workingclass whiteguys."

Clinton has posted a series of messages on Twitter in the last several hours, one of which reads, "This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it."

Trump said in his acceptance speech that our country owes her "a major debt of gratitude for her service."



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