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Former Trump Campaign Aide Says Americans ‘Are Sick of’ Omarosa

Lynne Patton also insists people are 'sick of hearing about Stormy Daniels, and they're sick of hearing about collusion'

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Americans “are sick of hearing about” fired former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman and her betrayal of President Donald Trump, former Trump campaign aide Lynne Patton said on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle” Tuesday.

“The American people are sick of hearing about Omarosa. You said they’re sick of hearing about Stormy Daniels, and they’re sick of hearing about collusion,” Patton (pictured above right) told Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “It’s time we focus on the things that they really need — our jobs, economy, health care and infrastructure. And that’s what my boss is doing.”

Manigault Newman (pictured above left), once an avid Trump supporter, is promoting her purported tell-all book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” The former communications director for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison was forcibly removed from the premises in December 2017 after chief of staff John Kelly fired her. Manigault Newman previously insisted that she resigned.

Patton, now a regional administrator in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, found herself at the forefront of national discourse when Manigault Newman gave CBS News an audio recording of a phone call from the 2016 campaign, released Tuesday, involving herself, Patton, and Trump campaign official Katrina Pierson. The three women can be heard discussing whether a tape existed of Trump saying the N-word.

“[Pierson and I] never denied multiple calls about the elusive N-word tape … because, again, Omarosa was obsessed with this imaginary and quite frankly fictitious figment of her imagination,” Patton said.

“There’s something seriously wrong with society when a woman can run around the White House and surreptitiously record people — possibly in violation of her own national security contract — yet Katrina and I are the ones that have to come on national television and explain ourselves,” Patton added.

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Manigault Newman also released an audio recording of Kelly purportedly firing her in the White House Situation Room — a room in the West Wing’s basement with the strictest security protocols in place. She released the audio Sunday on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.”

Noting that Manigault Newman has known Trump for 15 years and “was extremely loyal to him up until the day she wasn’t,” Patton emphasized that the president is “extremely loyal to people who are loyal to him” and gave Manigault Newman “multiple, multiple chances.”

“And what’s really sad here, Laura, is that the president gave her an opportunity to really help the African-American community, and instead she did the exact opposite by blocking reputable Republicans, black Republicans and influential members of the community to advance her own standing to the detriment of this White House,” Patton lamented.

Related: Trump Campaign Files Complaint Against Omarosa Over Confidentiality Agreement

Trump lashed out at Manigault Newman Tuesday in a controversial tweet, writing, “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 out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”

Trump’s usual critics seized upon the tweet as proof that Trump is a racist and a sexist, even though the president has called white men — such as 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd — “dogs” as well.

“To me that’s not something that is either racial or specific to Omarosa,” Patton said. “What [Trump’s] doing is fighting back against somebody who has wronged him, and he has every right to do that by whatever means necessary.”

When Ingraham asked Patton if she would ever work for a “racist president,” Patton replied, “You couldn’t pay me enough money. There’s not enough money in the world.”

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