Trump to Arnold Schwarzenegger: You’re No ‘Apprentice’ ‘Ratings Machine’

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Pictured: Donald Trump on September 11, 2015

President-elect Donald Trump spent most of Friday morning tweeting about the usual: Hillary Clinton, his inauguration, the media and…Arnold Schwarzenegger?

The ratings are in for the premiere of The New Celebrity Apprentice and, apparently, the former boardroom leader of the NBC reality is less than impressed. In his first of two tweets, Trump blasted Schwarzenegger saying, “Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for….”

Trump then twisted the knife a little deeper by tweeting, “being a movie star-and that was season 1 compared to season 14. Now compare him to my season 1. But who cares, he supported Kasich & Hillary.”


But not one to go silently into the Trump Twitter abyss, the former governor of California responded, “There’s nothing more important than the people’s work, @DonaldJTrump. I wish you the best of luck and I hope you’ll work for ALL of the American people as aggressively as you worked for your ratings.”

Nielsen released preliminary ratings for The Apprentice on Tuesday, the night after the premiere. Total viewers were down more than 43% compared to the 2015 installment’s premiere ratings. Trump is still an executive producer on the show.