EXCLUSIVE — WATCH: Kwame Jackson says Donald Trump now is like "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"

Salon sat down with the Season 1 "Apprentice" runner-up to talk about Donald Trump and race

By D. Watkins

Editor at Large

Published October 12, 2016 5:30PM (EDT)

Kwame Jackson and D. Watkins (Salon)
Kwame Jackson and D. Watkins (Salon)

Last week the Salon crew traveled up to Harlem for a conversation with entrepreneur and motivational speaker Kwame Jackson, the runner up on Season 1 of NBC’s “The Apprentice.” The 42-year-old businessman, who’s had a decade-plus relationship with Donald Trump, gave us some valuable insight into the Republican nominee, and why Jackson doesn’t want you to vote for him on Election Day.

“The person I knew in 2003-2004 isn’t the person I know now,” explained Jackson, “I call it a Dr. Jekyll to Mr. Hyde devolution. Not an evolution but a devolution.”

Initially Jackson thought Trump was a tough boss, a driven man who wanted his employees to experience similar success. Later, he found out that wasn’t the case.

Watch the full interview above.

By D. Watkins

D. Watkins is an Editor at Large for Salon. He is also a writer on the HBO limited series "We Own This City" and a professor at the University of Baltimore. Watkins is the author of the award-winning, New York Times best-selling memoirs “The Beast Side: Living  (and Dying) While Black in America”, "The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir," "Where Tomorrows Aren't Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope" as well as "We Speak For Ourselves: How Woke Culture Prohibits Progress." His new books, "Black Boy Smile: A Memoir in Moments," and "The Wire: A Complete Visual History" are out now.

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