In Reality Show Trump Presidency, Omarosa Might Be The Best Player
Omarosa Manigault Newman has been on a whirlwind tour promoting her book, which reveals things we already knew: The Trump campaign/administration was and is a shit show filled with nepotism, racists, liars, sycophants and opportunists. But like Sean "P. Diddy" Combs once said, "I thought I told you that we won't stop," and Omarosa is doing just that. But with tapes!
Since she began her book tour, her credibility has been questioned by not just the Trump administration but also the media. Ignoring the Trump administration, which has no credibility, why wouldn't the media question her? After all, Omarosa was a Trump loyalist going all the way back to "The Apprentice". I mean this is her record:
But on her "Meet The Press" press stop on Sunday (which we covered here!) she made this claim about Trump being on tape using the N-word:
CHUCK TODD: Why didn't you get that in your book?
OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN: Closed too soon. And I have been tracking, tracking. This person is so afraid because of the forces who are working to keep this tape from coming out. I mean, we first heard about it in the fall of 2016, we got on a conference call with Katrina Pearson, Lynn Patton, and Jason Miller, as you'll see in the book, and they all suspected that it was true. In fact, Katrina Pearson, the spokeswoman for the campaign said, "Oh, he said it. It's true."
TODD: But she never heard her say it? And she -- heard him say it and she has – she's denied the anecdote.
MANIGAULT NEWMAN: Is she denying? I mean she knows I have receipts. I think she should probably read the book first.
This claim sent Trump into the most bizarre defense of not using a slur ever by saying he asked "The Apprentice" producer Mark Burnett if he ever said the N-word:
.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting… https://t.co/qH7J8U3RCF— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1534211405.0
Because THAT'S a normal response. How often do people have to check others to verify their racism?! But he wasn't the only one denying the existence of this event or the usage of it:
Omarosa is #Unhinged https://t.co/Dp1sgWSBU5— Katrina Pierson (@Katrina Pierson) 1534220396.0
Many of you have asked me why I’ve been so quiet these past few days. Trust me, it’s about to get loud as a MF..… https://t.co/A2XkqssT3o— 🇺🇸 Lynne Patton (@🇺🇸 Lynne Patton) 1534202775.0
I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use… https://t.co/ZfwpfAtC2d— Frank Luntz (@Frank Luntz) 1533926874.0
Normally this would be the end of the story. He said/she said or "Your Word vs. Theirs". But like she said, OMAROSA HAS RECEIPTS! Or in this case, tapes! Lots and lots and lots of tapes. In this specific case, after giving Luntz, Patton and Pierson time to tell their lies on Twitter and Fox, she produced the tape for "CBS This Morning":
PIERSON: I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it.
Patton then described a conversation she had with then-candidate Trump about using the N-word:
PATTON: I said, 'Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?' And he said, 'no.'"
OMAROSA : Well, that is not true.
PATTON: "He goes, how do you think I should handle it and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about. And he said, well, why don't you just go ahead and put it to bed."
PIERSON: He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed by it.
OK THEN! So that is roughly where we are right now. Except for one thing, and it is that Donald Trump is REALLY REALLY REALLY totally chill about all this. You can tell by his Twitter feed that it's not even on his mind!
When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work… https://t.co/xpJpbroNNB— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1534246271.0
Wow, calling Omarosa a "dog" seems to be a new low! Or maybe it's just more of what we've come to expect from this president. (Actually, it is both.)
So are there more tapes? Lordy we bet there are! We'll just have to wait and see. But it seems it 'takes a villain to stop a villain" and Omarosa (for now) is the villain we need. (Kind of. Not really. But whatever, POPCORN!)
[Editor's note: Oh by the way, after this story was filed, the Trump campaign filed suit against Omarosa for allegedly violating the terms of one of a 2016 nondisclosure agreement. It's totally bullshit, but we'll lawsplain that at you later when we feel like it, if we feel like it.]
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