Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

Is Omarosa Out-Trumping Trump? | Need to Know

Is Omarosa Out-Trumping Trump? | Need to Know

As any good reality star knows, you're only as good as your tape, and the 44-year-old former White House aide came to "Meet the Press" and "Today" armed with secret recordings made during her almost yearlong tenure in the Trump administration, ready to settle old scores (with White House chief of staff John Kelly), attempt to form new alliances (with "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd) and make new enemies (with Guthrie).

That is a reference to Trump's White House chief of staff, retired general John Kelly, who sacked Manigault Newman in December 2017 in a conversation she viewed as a "threat". Trump has long denied being racist and has dismissed a claim made by Manigault Newman that he used a racial slur on the set of "The Apprentice".

Omarosa also said that she does not believe Trump is the same person she knew in 2013, saying he now has 'some serious mental impairments'. "I don't love you leaving at all".

"People in the White House hated her", Trump wrote. This is his pattern with African Americans.

"I wanted to have this type of documentation so that in the event I found myself in this position where they're questioning my credibility, saying they never discussed the N-word tape, they never heard these accusations, the president never heard these accusations when in fact this tape proves they discussed it at high levels of the Trump campaign", Omarosa said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the claims on August 10.

"Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time".

Trump insisted, "I don't have that word in my vocabulary, and never have". She said if she had, she would have "left immediately". "And he said, 'Well, why don't you just go ahead and put it to bed'".

During an appearance Monday night on Fox News, Pierson denied having had a conversation about alleged Trump tape.

He took notice of Omarosa's claim that she's now heard a tape of Trump using the n-word from his "Apprentice" days, telling "Meet the Press" on Sunday that it gave her definitive proof that he "is truly a racist". "This is somebody I've known since 2003", Manigault Newman said.

She said she did not write this in her book because she heard the tape after her memoir was sent off for publication.

Upon hearing the allegations, Manigault-Newman said she was shocked and brushed them off prior to hearing the tape for herself.

He added: "While I know it's "not presidential" to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible".

In her new book, Unhinged, she writes: "Taken as a whole, all of her style rebellions have served the same goal".

In February, she appeared on CBS's reality show, "Celebrity Big Brother", where she made ominous claims about the Trump administration, such as "it's bad" and "we're not OK". The whole scenario - from the secret recordings in the White House to a human resources meeting held in the Situation Room - is "most uncommon", says Steffen Schmidt, a politics professor at Iowa State University, and should remind us yet again how unusual this administration is.

Trump himself came the closest to an explanation on Monday morning, writing on Twitter that he'd heard his aide was performing poorly in her job and antagonizing others, but that he remained enamored by her then-unyielding support.

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