Omarosa Manigault Newman has hit newsrooms recently due to her assertions of President Trump using the ‘N-word.’ However, her claims are disputed by various current and former white house officials. The claims surfaced a few days ago in a bid to promote her book titled ‘Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.’ In the book and recent interviews, she alleges there is a tape from ‘The Apprentice’ where the president used the word.
Although the allegations have become popular, it is still unclear whether she heard the tape or whether it exists at all. Multiple individuals close to the president have come forward to deny the existence of the tape. For instance, on Tuesday, former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said he never heard about the tape, and it was never brought to his attention.
Lewandowski added that the claims are part of a certain individuals who are trying to exploit the president. Michael Short, a former official at the White House also denied the existence of the tape. In fact, he indicated that the president has never used the derogatory terms alleged in the book.
Manigault Newman also alleged that her hunt for the tape was the reason she was fired her. In the book, she wrote that former White House Communication Director Hope Hicks informed the Chief of Staff Kelly about her endeavours of finding the tapes. She believed the circumstances and timing of her firing were to prevent her from getting the ‘N-word’ tape.
There is more to these allegations than what meets the eye. Manigault Newman has given two distinctive variations about the tape. For example, in the book, she wrote that she listened to the tape. However, in recent interviews, she has claimed that she listened to the tape after writing the book.
In a recent press release, Eric Trump’s former assistant, Lynne Patton, refuted the claims. Patton indicated that she received a call from Manigault Newman alleging she had personally heard the tape. Additionally, she claimed to have voluntarily resigned and asked Patton also offer her resignation before the tape surfaced.
Former Trump’s campaign spokesperson Katrina Pierson also distanced herself from the alleged tape. She also denied having any conversation with Manigault Newman about the tape as claimed in the book. Pierson added that Miss Newman was facing a lot of contradictions because she could not keep her lies straight. Frank Luntz also tweeted terming Miss Newman’s allegations as false.