The deaf actress whom Trump reportedly called “retarded” on the set of The Apprentice released a statement Friday.
Marlee Matlin, the Oscar-winning actress who competed in Celebrity Apprentice, said in part, “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.”
My response to recent media reports – Marlee. pic.twitter.com/Mkrbh47dUO
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) October 14, 2016
Trump frequently called Matlin retarded, according to The Daily Beast. “He took her deafness as a some kind of [mental] handicap,” an Apprentice staffer said.
“[Trump] would often equate that she was mentally retarded,” said one source, who described how kind Matlin and her interpreter Jack Jason were.
During the taping of the show, Trump would often scribble down notes while sitting at the table of “the boardroom”—the show’s primary set. A person familiar with the notes who helped clean up after tapings said that on one of the pieces of paper, Trump wrote: “Marlee, is she retarded??”
Trump notoriously mocked a reporter’s congenital condition at a rally last November.
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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