This story has been removed from Google: "I Played Donald Trump In A Fake, Racist Ad for Hillary Clinton" Creepier than that, once I'd clicked on one of the many results from Bing, that one story shows up in Google searches for that phrase, the rest of the results are still crap.
RealTrueNews: You were asked to play Donald Trump, yes? What was your background for this?
AJ: I live in New York. I answered a casting call. You had to be tall, of a certain age, and so on. They wanted a deep voice. They didn't say I'd be playing Donald Trump--but while I'm a little more than ten years young than him, I have been told I look like him. A bit, I guess. Not my hair but my face. My eyes.
RTN: Okay. What happened?
AJ: We did some readings for political ads. Nothing specific to Trump. Back then he hadn't won yet. This was like in May or June. They had me do this serious, brooding thing. They liked it, I guess. I had a lot of shots. Some tailors took measurements. Then they asked me if I would take a job in Washington DC for three weeks.
RTN: Did that seem weird?
lookI've been a Democrat for all my adult life. I consider myself a liberal. I was doing ads for Hillary Clinton and getting paid okay. I don't know if it seemed weird at the time or not. Some of the higher ups were a little creepy. They were intense. Anyway, no. I just thought this is how it's done. I said I'd go to DC for some shoots for 3 weeks.
RTN: How did that go?
AJ: I got set up at this company called Rising Tide Incorporated or something and I was given the job as junior Digital Coordinator which I most definitely was not. But it paid around 2.5k for three weeks of work so I wasn't about to say no.
RTN: What was the work?
AJ: The first week was to play "Donald Trump." They said they were certain he was going win and they were getting ready. I was just supposed to walk around and brood and get the body language down. It was going to be all these non-speaking or distance shots. They liked it.
On week two, we started doing these candids types of things. I'd play Trump on a set and they'd have some other guy chat with me like we were in a club or we were in a limo or whatever. The scripts were funny. It was light--but the pace was absolutely brutal. We'd do 18 hour days of shoots and re-shoots and they had all these experts around who were talking about my cadence and inflection and stuff. I watched like 3 hours of tapes of him just hanging out with the guys.
RTN: Were you starting to think this was strange?
AJ: Yeah, I thought it was a little weird but I figured that was just how these political ads went. Also, you know, I was a Hillary person and we were the good guys. I thought we were the good guys.
RTN: What was the third week?
AJ: On the third week they had me sign this second Non-Disclosure and it was like a freaking book. I just signed it and they told me I'd get a copy in my email. I never got one. Then they had this set--we did walk throughs and every thing. Over and over.
RTN: What was the set?
AJ: I don't think I can say. It was . . . it was kind of like a club, I guess. Maybe a casino? We were in there and this guy came up
a black guyand he was all "Hello, Mr. Trump--" like really excited to meet him. Kind of annoying. Then I'm nice to him but when he goes, I'm with the girls and this other guy and I start in with the N-word.
I made a joke about a 'porch monkey.'
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RTN: How did that feel?
AJ: Bad. Dirty. There was worse. They had me yell at this girl who wasn't going along and lose it and hit her. They wanted me to really slap her hard. I didn't want to. They leaned on me.
I gave her a black eye.
RTN: Did this seem like a political ad anymore?
AJ: No. At that point I guess I knew. I'd been in this building without seeing the sun for two and a half weeks. Everyone was talking about how it'd be the apocalypse if Trump won. How they'd made a big mistake not going after him earlier. They said he was supposed to be a joke but now he was winning everyone over.
They made it sound like the end of the world was coming. I don't know. I still thought we were the good guys. I guess I still believed in Clinton. I did it. I did a batch of them.
RTN: Then what?
AJ: They had lawyers sit down with me and tell me that if I talked about this my life was effectively over. I'd go to jail forever. They gave me an extra eight-hundred dollars. The weird thing was that the guy organizing it all, Jake, got me out of bed in the middle of the night and paid a car to drive me all the way back to New York. It was like he bundled me up and just hauled me out of there. He told me to "leave my shit and just go right now." I did.
RTN: What then?
AJ: That was it. The checks cashed. I got a separation letter from the company. Nothing. But I . . . I was curious. I went to a Trump rally just to hear what he had to say and I started having these doubts. I felt--I felt really sick. I wanted to tell someone. I think they could figure it it's me pretty easily and I remember getting woke up at like 2 in the morning and told to, basically, run.
RTN: Are you scared?
AJ: I think so. Yeah. I don't think these are the good guys any more.