Tom Arnold Crucifies Mark Burnett While Hunting For The Trump Tapes At TCA

Tom Arnold

“I don’t give a sh*t about the 40%,” Tom Arnold said at TCA when asked if he thinks his new series The Hunt For The Trump Tapes will change the minds of President Donald Trump’s loyalists.

“I want to do this until he resigns. He’s a crazy person putting the country on the precipice of war…Things are going on right now that affect our world and that are scary,” Arnold ranted during a wild stream-of-consciousness Q&A for his program. “And, for some reason, I’m in a position to do something and it’s working and I will continue to do this until that guy resigns and the world is a little bit safer. And it is going to happen.”

Every day since Trump’s disastrous Helsinki summit with Russian ruler Vladimir Putin, “big things are breaking about that knucklehead, and he’s acting even crazier. He’s getting closer to saying ‘I am quitting on my terms’,” Arnold told TV critics who wanted to believe him.


“And this. And this 40% – f*ck em. Seriously,” he said, wrapping up the answer to Question No. 1 about eight minutes after it was asked.

“I would love Mark Burnett that sits at that [National] Prayer Breakfast. I’d like him to stand and up” and talk about the “lies and sexual harassment and incompetence” of Trump, the comic said.

“I’m going to keep hammering Burnett until he shows” those tapes,” Arnold announced, claiming Burnett has tape of Trump using “the n-word,” among other incidents that might actually embarrass any other President of the United States.

Burnett, Arnold said, “sits next to Donald Trump and gives him cover.”

Burnett says he’s a Christian, and lets that man do all this bullshit and let a sexual harasser on this show,” Arnold scoffed.

While TV critics fought to get in a word edgewise, Arnold tantalized them with word that producers had to pull Trump out of Apprentice tapings four times to say “Wow, bud, you can’t do that on this show!” He did not elaborate, as usual, in a presser packed with claims and almost entirely devoid of provable details.

“Anyway, it’s a comedy,” Arnold added of his Viceland show, getting a huge laugh and applause from TV critics, who lapped it all up.

Arnold claimed Burnett, who he said did a show with Putin before he did The Apprentice, is best known for that reality competition series, “where he created this dude” – and his “Jesus” miniseries.

“Jesus was a solid dude and he was not a fan of the rich guys. He was flipping tables and all this shit,” Arnold explained, for those in the hall not familiar with Jesus.

Burnett, Arnold scolded “could go on any of those Jesus channels and say to Trump’s many evangelical supporters, “People, calm down. Trump is not from Jesus.”

His quest to take down Trump is “personal,” Arnold said, since Trump became the leader of the birther movement. That’s because he, like Barack Obama, was raised without a father and was close to his grandfather. “I bet his grandpa had to defend him a lot,” Arnold said of Obama. “And I saw Donald Trump saying he wasn’t born in this country and I thought, ‘If his grandpa was alive he’d tell [Trump], ‘You had better shut the fuck up.’..

Arnold claimed to have contacted NBC and Burnett,” at the height of the birther controversy, to tell them they had to do something about their Apprentice star.

“Nobody did anything about it,” Arnold said.

He dodged questions about how ex-wife Roseanne Barr became a Trump supporter, and what she will think of his show. “I have no idea,” he said, reminding critics they have not been married for a quarter of a century.


After Trump’s disastrous Helsinki summit with Russian Ruler Vladimir Putin, “people started peeling off. Every day this week things have been changing,” Arnold insisted optimistically.

Among other revelations, Arnold insists Trump “does not give a shit about America or troops” and is only going after NFL players who kneel during the national anthem “because he hates black dudes.”

Arnold’s executive producer Nomi Ernst Leidner got asked if she’s spent more time with legal on this show than all others of her career combined. She did not dispute the premise but said it’s worth it because “he has so much to say and is a visionary.”

Last month, MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and CNN’s Poppy Harlow grappled with Arnold’s tenuous understanding of “truth” as he was doing the rounds plugging his upcoming Viceland series, debuting September 18.

Arnold sat down with Wallace first, to say he’s teaming with President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen to boot POTUS from office, with photo of the two men together.

“This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything,” Arnold said. “I say to Michael, ‘Guess what? We’re taking Trump down together.’ And he’s so tired he’s like, ‘OK,’ and his wife is like, ‘OK, f*ck Trump.’”

Which, Arnold almost immediately was forced to walk back, tweeting “Michael Cohen didn’t say Me & him were teaming up to take down Donald Trump! Michael has enough Trump on his plate. I’m the crazy person who said Me & Michael Cohen were teaming up to take down Trump of course. I meant it. Michael doesn’t get paid by Vice #thehuntforthetrumptapes.”

CNN’s Harlow, during her at-bat with Arnold, pressed him on whether Cohen played “any of the tapes he has for you?”  Arnold tried to dance around the question, but she would not let go and he finally acknowledged Cohen had not.

Four stabs at asking Arnold if Cohen said he had “something incriminating on Donald Trump?” went similarly, with Arnold smart-assing “How could he not?” and “Hold on, I’m not on trial here!”

Harlow also wanted details of the multiple meetings Arnold said he had with Cohen.

“One was with Don Jr. at Trump Tower and Paul Manafort – no, I’m just making crap up,” Arnold admitted.

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