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NBC executive Bob Greenblatt criticized Donald Trump in a since-deleted comment on Facebook this week, saying that the Republican presidential candidate’s “‘mind’ is so demented.”
“The sad state of affairs thanks to a pompous businessman turned reality TV star (whose show consistently ran LAST in its time period, by the way) who thinks speaking his mind is refreshing. It’s actually corrosive and toxic because his ‘mind’ is so demented; and his effect will unfortunately linger long after he’s been told to get off the stage,” insiders said Greenblatt wrote.
NBC declined to comment.
Greenblatt’s comments, which first appeared on Page Six, were posted along with a New York Times op-ed by Nicholas Kristof, arguing that Trump is “making America meaner.”
Greenblatt was technically Trump’s employer from 2011 to 2015, when Trump’s The Apprentice aired in primetime on NBC. The network severed ties with the executive when he declared his run for the presidency last year.
At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour earlier this month, Greenblatt reflected on the role of the media in Trump’s political rise.
“I don’t think that there’s really that much of a correlation of one to the other,” he said. “He’s been a prominent figure for so many years that it’s probably not surprising that he would embark on this kind of journey. But it is interesting that, you know, he was on the show for so long and now he’s sort of on the national stage the way he is.”
Greenblatt reportedly devotes much of his free time to anti-bullying and tolerance campaigns. He received the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s 2014 Respect Award for his work on behalf of LGBT youth.
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