Now that she’s no longer working in the White House, Omarosa Manigault Newman appears eager to cash in on whatever anti-Trump hysteria she can.
The former director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison and recurring face on “The Apprentice” may have been among President Donald Trump’s most fervent supporters during the 2016 presidential election — today, not so much.
Manigault Newman was dismissed from the administration last December, and now her upcoming book, “Unhinged,” will focus on the “truly appalling things” she witnessed at the White House.
The book is set to be released August 14, and The Guardian obtained an early copy.
She claims, among other things, that the president is bigoted and that she heard a tape of him using the N-word on numerous occasions; she apparently claims he offered her a job in his administration to keep quiet about such things.
The White House promptly responded to some of the early claims from and about the book.
“Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Sanders added, “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the president during her time in the administration.”
Earlier in the year, when appearing on the reality television show “Big Brother,” Manigault Newman claimed Hillary Clinton “would have been exceptional” as a president and that her time working at the White House was like being on a slave plantation.
As Sanders pointed out, however, all of this seems to contradict everything Manigault Newman had said over the last few years before the administration canned her. She had worked closely with Trump in the past on “The Apprentice” and “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and she offered only praise for him when he had the spotlight during his presidential campaign.
On multiple occasions, she shut down any allegations of racism directed toward Trump.
She told Fox News in June 2016, for example, “I also think it’s important that I know him personally, and he certainly is not a racist. He doesn’t have issues with people of color. And I think it’s important to note that he will not become the poster child for race in this country.”
She also wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in December 2016, in which she defended Trump from accusations of racism. She wrote, in part, “I am black, female, and Donald Trump is my friend. I never observed any of the behaviors attributed to him. In my experiences with him, he has only been professional. I am aware of the perceptions. But he is open-minded. He does not judge people on their gender or race. He judges them on their ability to do the job.”
She considered him a friend and even switched her political party to support him.
Manigault Newman worked with Trump for years before he was ever elected president of the United States; during that time, she spoke fondly of him. She considered him a friend and even switched her political party to support him.
One has to wonder if her new attacks on Trump have anything to do with the fact that she is no longer in the administration’s good graces — and that she’s desperate to sell books.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.