Gingrich and Trump plan ‘Apprentice’ show for poor kids

December 5, 2011

After a meeting with Newt Gingrich in Manhattan this morning, Donald Trump announced plans to start an ‘Apprentice’-style program for children from New York City’s poorest schools. The idea, apparently hatched during their meeting, is an extension of Gingrich’s scheme to hire poor schoolchildren for jobs typically occupied by adults — including janitor and librarian — because, as he put it last week, these kids “have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.”

Speaking to the press this morning, Gingrich said he asked Trump to “take one of the poorer schools in New York and basically offer at least ten apprenticeships to kids from that school to get them into the world of work and get them into an opportunity to earn money and get them into the habit of showing up and realizing that effort gets rewarded and that America is all about the work ethic.”

Trump expounded on the show’s premise: “We’re going to be picking ten young, wonderful children and we’re going to make them apprenti,” he said. “We’re going to have a little fun with it. It will be something that’s going to really prove results. It was Newt’s idea, and I thought it was a great idea.”

Here’s the clip, via MSNBC:

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As is entirely too typical of Newt, he spewed rhetoric without thinking about what he was saying – which is one of the main reasons that even if he does somehow win the nominations he will never get the electoral votes needed to win. Never. That being said, his idea has merit – let’s put our youth to work. These informative years are too critical to their ability to form solid lifelong habits.

Posted by gobucks | Report as abusive

I agree that Newt has had one or two valid ideas in his life but this one just doesn’t cut it. He has obviously spent too much time in Tiffany’s and is too removed from his constituency. And buddying up with the Big D makes him look even worse. These guys are just caricatures with massive egos.

Posted by Plucky99 | Report as abusive

I find it odd that he picked janitor and librarian as jobs for these kids to do – a librarian is a job that requires higher education. Once again, Newt is lumping poor kids into stereotypical roles… [they]“have no habit of showing up on Monday; they have no habit of staying all day; they have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ — unless it’s illegal.” I wonder if anyone has asked him how he knows?

Posted by hawgwild | Report as abusive