Former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant and famous magician Penn Jillette said during an interview that aired on Thursday for “Rising” that President Donald Trump’s skills for getting elected president are not working out for him in terms of running the country.
“What I thought was a real plus as a reality television star, a real plus is the absence of a filter and absolute certainty on everything. You want to say [what] pops into your head, and you never want to back down on what you said. That’s really good entertainment,” Penn Jillette, a magician, said to Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton earlier in the month.
“I think that the reality skills that got him [Trump] elected are not the best skillset for running a country this important, or that used to be this important,” Jillette continued.
Jillette said that if he never got to know Trump personally, he would probably be happier with him being president.
“The fact that I know him, and kind of know his skill set, I’m not as thrilled with him. If I was more of an outsider, I’d be happier,” Jillette said. “What he’s done I can’t even pay attention to the policies because the celebration of hate on both sides is so great,” he explained.
Jillette was on seasons 5 and 6 of “Celebrity Apprentice,” a show Donald Trump hosted.
The accomplished magician claimed back in August that Donald Trump had made very racially insensitive remarks behind the scenes of the show.
“He would say racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable,” Penn Jillette said to Vulture. “I don’t think he ever said anything in that room like ‘African Americans are inferior’ or anything about rape or grabbing women, but of those two hours every other day in a room with him, every ten minutes was fingernails on chalkboard.”