Omarosa Manigault Newman has been a longtime friend of the Donald Trump family. Yet, she pounded the president with accusations of frequent, outright racism in her prickly memoir Unhinged. The White House tried to remain silent, but that became too difficult, and the administration came out swinging aggressively.
Manigault worked with Trump on the reality show The Apprentice. Then she served as Trump’s Director of African-American Outreach during his 2016 presidential campaign. When he made it to the White House, he appointed her Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a formal statement that the former reality show star was, according to The Washington Post:
‘(A) disgruntled former White House employee (who is) trying to profit off of these false attacks. Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations.’
In an unnecessary swipe at the media, Sanders said the press had been giving Manigault:
“A platform (after) not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the president during her time in the administration.’
Manigault claimed that the commander-in-chief used the “N-word” many times, but not within her hearing. She also said she did hear him making racial slurs about White House counselor to the president, Kellyanne Conway’s husband, well-regarded attorney George Conway. One of his parents was Filipino.
According to The Guardian, the former reality star wrote that she heard the president say two terms that have been used to racially abuse Filipino people. She wrote that Trump frequently said:
‘Would you look at this George Conway article? F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo.’
Even though Conway was a frequent critic of Trump, he said Manigault’s comments were “ridiculous.”
The administration claimed that the actress wrote her memoir to unload on the White House after she was fired, calling it “riddled with lies and false accusations.”
When John Kelly became the president’s chief of staff, he shook things up, and Omarosa was one of those things. The reality star was abruptly fired and cast out of the White House after she had been used to freely accessing the Oval Office.
About leaving, Manigault said that she finally realized that Trump “was actually a racist:”
‘It had finally sunk in that the person I’d thought I’d known so well for so long was actually a racist. Using the N-word was not just the way he talks but, more disturbing, it was how he thought of me and African Americans as a whole.’
Even actor and comedian, Tom Arnold, claimed Trump used racist language. In an interview with KIRO, a Seattle radio station, he said:
‘I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever. It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.’
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