As long as Omarosa Manigault-Newman has inhabited the public consciousness, she’s been more infamous than “famous” – and that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon. And with the advent of her new book, “Unhinged,” she’s hitting the press circuit – and unveiling a flurry of “revelations.” Among them?
- The she’s heard President Trump drop the “n-word”
- That’s Trump is a bigot and misogynist
- She refers to Vice President Mike Pence as the “Stepford Veep.”
- That the President refers to Education Secretary Betsy Devos as “Ditzy DeVos”
- She believes the president is in “mental decline” and physically unwell.
- She believes First Lady Melania Trump is deeply unhappy and “is counting every minute until (her husband) is out of office and she can divorce him.”
- Speaking of family, Omarosa contends that the President has a sexualized relationship with his daughter, Ivanka. “As long as I’d known Trump, I’d observed the way he hugs, touches, and kisses Ivanka; the way she calls him Daddy. … I believe he covets his daughter.” And as for Ivanka, “I believe she exploits his fixation with her to get her way.”
But it would appear that the bulk of her ire is directed toward White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. And as proof of it, you only need to consider that she says she was threatened upon being asked to leave the White House – and is offering a recording she claims to have taken inside the Situation Room as she was being fired – as proof.
Manigault-Newman tells NBC’s “Meet The Press” that she felt the need to hit record because she was frightened. In the recording (which you can hear in part on the right), Kelly can be heard saying "if we make this a friendly departure, you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to you." He’s referring to “serious integrity violations” that Omarosa has declined to explain. She also says that recording the conversation is not disloyalty, because she needed to do it to prove her truth. Some are arguing secret conversations from within the White House should not have taken place.
- As you might expect, the White House is blasting Manigault Newman. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said "the very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard" for the country's national security. Sanders also said the fact that Manigault Newman is bragging about the recordings on national television only proves her lack of character and integrity.
- ONE MORE THING! It bears mentioning that Manigault Newman is already changing her story about the President and “the n-word.” In the book, she says she never heard him say it…but was told he did. Then, in an interview with NPR on Friday, she says she did hear it. Then, yesterday – she told NBC that she heard it after the book when to print. And don't forget - back in December, Omarosa was very clear in her public statements that she quit...and now says she was fired.
- "Unhinged" arrives on bookshelves tomorrow - Omarosa will be appearing on NBC's "Today" show this morning.
Source: NBC's "Meet The Press"