Omarosa claims in new book that Trump is a racist who used the N-word
Donald Trump has said a lot of offensive things. He launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants criminals. In a leaked tape from the Access Hollywood bus, he bragged about grabbing women's genitalia. And during a meeting with lawmakers about immigration, he reportedly asked why the United States would want immigrants from "shithole countries."
However, as of this writing, we've never heard President Trump say the N-word, arguably the most offensive word you could say in America. During the 2016 campaign, rumors spread that there were tapes of him using that racial epithet from the first season of his reality show, The Apprentice. Hillary Clinton supporters called the MGM studio, demanding they release the unaired tapes. They did not. Mark Burnett, the producer of the show, and a Trump supporter, has refused to open the video archives.
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that Trump is a racist who used the N-word in her new memoir, Unhinged. The New York Times obtained an advance copy, and published excerpts of her claims, which have not been verified. Omarosa was cast as a contestant on the first season of The Apprentice in 2004. After Trump won the 2016 election, the White House hired her to be the director of communications for the Public Liaison Office. She was fired in 2017.
In Unhinged, Omarosa claims that after she was fired, she had a "growing realization that Donald Trump was indeed a racist, a bigot and a misogynist." She admits that she never heard Trump say the N-word, but she believes a tape exists where he allegedly uses the epithet "multiple times." She reportedly wrote that Trump's team prepared a response in case it leaked, and that "three sources in three separate conversations had described the contents of this tape." One person mentioned as a source, Republican consultant Frank Lutz, called this claim "flat-out false" on Twitter.
Omarosa had a long relationship with Trump, from 2004 to 2017. She reportedly wrote that the alleged tape changed her opinion of the man.
"They all told me that President Trump hadn’t just dropped a single n-word bomb. He’d said it multiple times throughout the show’s taping during off-camera outtakes, particularly during the first season of The Apprentice. ... I would look like the biggest imbecile alive for supporting a man who used that word...
"It had finally sunk in that the person I’d thought I’d known so well for so long was actually a racist. Using the n-word was not just the way he talks but, more disturbing, it was how he thought of me and African-Americans as a whole."
The memoir contains many other explosive claims. Omarosa reportedly wrote that Trump secretly. installed a tanning bed in the White House, ate a note after an Oval Office meeting with lawyer Michael Cohen, and called Kelly-Anne Conway's husband, who is half-Filipino,"flip" and "goo-goo." She also claims Trump's daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, offered a $15,000-a-month contract to buy her silence.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement, calling the book "riddled with lies and false accusations.
"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. 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."
Again, Omarosa's claims are unverified and based on hearsay, as of this writing. Trump critics insist the president is a racist, and Trump supporters insist he is not. Donald Trump himself has repeatedly denied the claim, saying, "I'm the least racist person you'll ever meet."