Sunday Show Roundup: Omarosa Has Receipts!!
Hello Wonks! It's time for a new "highlight" filled Sunday Roundup. So let's get started.
We begin today with former "The Apprentice" contestant and Trump's former director of African-American outreach, Omarosa Manigault Newman. She made a big long appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press" to promote her new book. She also provided the network a "wire tapp" she did of Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her that she seems to have recorded in the Situation Room, which is wow. And she's still leaking tapes! We will have more on the legal ramifications of that later today, but let's look at highlights from this crazy interview.
On people questioning why some revelations like Trump saying the N-word on tape weren't in the book:
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.
On why Omarosa made tapes:
TODD: I know, how often did you tape people?
MANIGAULT NEWMAN: As you'll see in Unhinged, I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies. The president lies to the American people. Sarah Huckabee stands in front of the country and lies every single day. You have to have your own back because otherwise you'll look back and you'll see 17 knives in your back.
And finally on what I feel is the most interesting tidbit: the details of a nondisclosure agreement the Trump administration have had staff (and tried to get Omarosa) to sign:
TODD: I want to put up the non-disclosure agreement here. It is a very stringent one. It said this, the "No Disparagement" clause: "During the term of your service, and at all times thereafter, you hereby promise and agree not to demean or disparage publicly, in any form or through any medium, the Campaign, Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, any Trump or Pence Company, any Trump or Pence Family Member, or any Trump or Pence Family Member Company, or an asset any of the foregoing own..." And by the way, to avoid any doubt. At the bottom of the 'graph, "you agree that this shall survive the termination of this agreement pursuant to paragraph 10." Did they offer- - did you think they were offering you a real job in the campaign? Or did they want you to sign this agreement?
OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN : They were not offering me a real job. They told me I could work from home, if I even wanted to work. They didn't really care if I showed up. In fact, there are several former employees from the White House who actually signed this agreement, who are all being paid $15,000 for their silence. The only reason “Unhinged" is –
CHUCK TODD : You believe, you believe all these people that are on the campaign are being, that left the West Wing and the campaign are being bought off?
OMAROSA MANIGAULT NEWMAN : Absolutely. The campaign, the RNC, and America First, which is why Sean Spicer was describing Donald Trump as a "unicorn jumping over rainbows." Because he signed this same agreement.
MORE ON THE LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENT LATER, AS WELL! Spoiler: No, the White House cannot do that. Just no.
And speaking of liars...
Next we have counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. (Yes, she said so many terrible things on Sunday she's showing up in two posts!) Making an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Conway defended Trump against assertions that he is racist due to his response last year to Charlottesville and this gem from this week:
The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation… https://t.co/LYtE6GGUgb— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1533993992.0
Kellyanne Conway, Speaking to Martha MacCallum subbing in for Chris Wallace:
MACCALLUM: So, Kellyanne, the president tweeted this weekend: The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division. We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to all Americans, he wrote. But in a new poll, 57 percent say that race relations are actually worse under President Trump since he became president. So, does he need more than tweets to be convincing on this issue, Kellyanne?
CONWAY: Two things I'd say about that, and first is you even saw when our first African-American President Barack Obama left office, it was very mixed polling and very mixed assessment of race relations eight years after he was in office. So, this is not unique to President Trump in terms of people wanting to improve relations. I think we should all agree that we always want the nations to improve among people of different backgrounds and different races. Secondly, I think you've got to look at President Trump's record with respect to men and women of color ...
So let's tackle the first part of Conway's response by asking: Why were race relations so bad for the eight years President Obama was in office? OH! I know!
We haven't forgotten about your original shell
O'Reilly, We don't miss you at all...
Jesse Watters's racist segments...
and featuring crazy former congressman Allen West!
Now to Conway's second point about taking a look at Trump's "record with respect to men and women of color." Let's look at some "highlights" of Trump's record on race:
- Called Mexicans rapists.
- Attacked a federal judge because he was Hispanic
- His obsession with the "Central Park Five"
- Retweeted false crime statistics
- Federal housing discrimination lawsuits
- Insulted a Gold Star family of color
I'm pretty sure we have an accurate view of Trump's racist record. Also, not surprised Conway is completely oblivious.
Meanwhile, tweeting from inside the house:
"...t's coming from inside the house!"
That seems like a nice place to end our round-up! See you for next week's round-up, as we continue to subject ourselves to watching the Sunday shows so YOU NEVER HAVE TO.
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