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Dylan Kickham
April 15, 2016 AT 05:25 PM EDT

Donald Trump firing back against criticism from a group of former contestants on The Apprentice.

After six alums of Trump’s reality show held a press conference in order to denounce Trump’s presidential campaign, the former competition show host called the group “failing wannabes.”

The congregation of Apprentice contestants spoke out in order to dissuade votes for Trump in advance of the upcoming New York primary. The show’s season 2 winner Randall Pinkett led the group, calling Trump out for his “sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate.” Fellow contestants who echoed Pinkett’s remarks at the event included Kwame Jackson, Kevin Allen, Tara Dowdell, Marshawn Evans Daniels, and James Sun.

In response to the criticism, Trump said the former contestants were looking for media attention, and went on to say that Pinkett was a “terrible” employee when Trump hired him following his 2005 win on The Apprentice.

“How quickly they forget. Nobody would know who they are if it weren’t for me,” Trump said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. “They just want to get back into the limelight like they had when they were with Trump. Total dishonesty and disloyalty.” Trump added, “They should be careful or I’ll play hours of footage of them individually praising me.”

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