Former Apprentice Contestants Denounce Donald Trump: He's Running a Campaign of 'Racism, Violence and Hate'

Donald Trump's Ex-Apprentice Contestants to Denounce Him in Press Conference
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04/14/2016 AT 12:05 PM EDT

Some of Donald Trump's former Apprentice candidates say he's not "worthy of becoming president of the United States."

Six past contestants on the hit reality competition show, including season 4 winner Randal Pinkett and season 1 runner-up Kwame Jackson, are planning to hold a press conference in New York Friday to denounce the GOP front-runner ahead of the state's Tuesday primary, the Associated Press reports.

The contestants have issued statements slamming Trump's divisive rhetoric and his "campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate."

"Trump is passionately and strategically reigniting a dirty and divisive culture soaked in a history of prejudice, fear and hate. It is unpatriotic, anti-American, self-serving, regressive and downright lazy," said Marshawn Evans Daniels in a statement.

"As alums of The Apprentice, we have had the opportunity to work with Donald in various capacities, including as employees of the Trump Organization," added Pinkett. "Based on that experience and Donald's campaign, we do not believe he is worthy of becoming president of the United States."

Trump responded with a statement of his own, saying, "How quickly they forget. Nobody would know who they are if it weren't for me."

"They just want to get back into the limelight like they had when they were with Trump," he continued. "Total dishonesty and disloyalty … They should be careful or I'll play hours of footage of them individually praising me. Ask how successful they've been since they left. Six failing wannabes out of hundreds of contestants – so sad!"

Not all of Trump's former Apprentice contenders are against him.

His friend Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, who competed on season 1 of the reality show, has frequently defended Trump in interviews.

Manigault-Stallworth even credits the billionaire businessman with financing her idea for a minority version of The Bachelorette and letting her take it to an all-black network.

"When it comes to diversity," she previously told PEOPLE, "he puts his money where his mouth is."
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