interviewed 18 former candidates — those on were candidates, not contestants, because it was a classy reality TV experience, thxvm — for insight into their would-be boss (and, in one case, actual boss) as he remains the GOP front-runner, with a campaign largely based on his business expertise and no-holds-barred brash talk.
But he's technically a man of many, many hats: entrepreneur, entertainer, father figure, walking billboard for his own brand, the list goes on — everybody has something to say about Donald Trump, the man, the legend, the quite-possible next Republican presidential nominee.[On the night of the pageant], the producers told all of us contestants backstage that Donald would be coming through to meet us, right before we went on stage. So here I am, trying to put a few last rhinestones on the corset of my evening gown, and I'm having hair problems, and before I knew it, I'm the last one backstage.I completely missed the line to go out and meet Trump, and to be ready to go for the live broadcast. And I run right into him, practically knocking him over. " I said, "Oh, I'm Miss Oregon, but I'm late, I've got a pageant to get to." I ran off, but I glanced back and I see him laughing.They're showing the footage and they're asking, "Come on, Jennifer, you can't agree with how Donald's handling it?" And so I ended up saying something like, "Well, it's not the way I would handle it, but Donald Trump's a businessman and he doesn't mind the publicity." He saw that, and when I called [soon afterward] to invite him to a party I was having, I get him on the phone and he says, "Jennifer, no.