Maria Kanellis Speaks Out About Donald Trump, Who Once Fired Her For ‘Locker Room Talk’

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Anyone who has been following the spectacular train wreck of a presidential race (and surely even people who have been trying to avoid it) have heard by now the horrible tape of Donald Trump describing his methods of sexual assault to Billy Bush. At the second presidential debate, Trump defended his comments by dismissing them as “locker-room talk,” to which pro athletes immediately took strong exception.

In a bit of irony that is perhaps too perfect even for him, Trump once fired someone from The Celebrity Apprentice … for “locker-room talk.” Specifically, the person he fired for her “disgusting” comments was former WWE Superstar and current TNA Knockout Maria Kanellis.

The irony is not lost on Kanellis, who spoke to ET Online about Trump’s comments and the entire baffling, infuriating situation.

“He fired me for what I said, and what he said was much worse so,” Kanellis shared. “My hope is that he gets fired as the Republican nominee.”

Kanellis told ET that when the Trump tape and all the fallout and explanations came out, not even she made the connection between Trump’s “locker-room talk” excuse and his firing of her for the same thing until other people pointed it out to her.

“When I first saw it I was astounded that anybody remembered it,” she admitted. “But then again, we are talking about a presidential nominee. When he is a hypocrite about things that he says, I guess then it starts to become a news story.”

And like pretty much everyone who has been following this completely horrible story, Kanellis doesn’t agree that what Trump said is anything like normal “locker-room talk.”

“I don’t think that is locker-room talk. I have been in locker rooms for the past 12 years in wrestling companies,” she explained. “I have been backstage, I have been in green rooms and I have never heard anyone talk like that.

“When you are trying to become president, you are held to a higher standard. Even if you have a past. You should have been a little bit more careful, you should have never said those type of things if you want to hold the highest office in the United States of America,” she added. “So I don’t think it was locker-room talk, I think it was assault.”

Well said, Maria! And let’s all be thankful that not even for a single instant has Trump been named as a potential buyer in the TNA sale rumors that have been swirling around. The last thing we need is to have him be in charge of actual locker rooms.