Washington: Omarosa Manigault-Newman, former director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison in the White House, has written a book, in which she claims she witnessed US President Donald Trump being racist “many times”. Omarosa’s book, ‘Unhinged: An Insider Account Of The Trump White House’, describes Trump as a “bigot”.
‘Scattered, self-absorbed, misogynistic and insecure’
Omarosa, 44, was a contestant on Trump’s reality TV show ‘The Apprentice’, and later served as senior adviser to the President. She described him as “scattered”, “self-absorbed”, “misogynistic” and “insecure”, claimed there are tapes of him using racial slurs while filming ‘The Apprentice’ and warned that he had shown signs of “mental decline that could not be denied”.
‘He loves conflict, chaos and confusion’
Omarosa added that Trump “loved conflict, chaos and confusion, and loved seeing people argue or fight” and had behaved “like a dog off a leash” at events he had attended without his wife. These included birthdays, fundraisers and golf tournaments.
She also claimed that Trump tried to buy her silence when she left the White House in January. She said she was offered $15,000 a month to serve in a “senior position” on Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign on condition that she signed a “harsh and restrictive” non-disclosure agreement.
After she refused, she said she had received letters from the President’s lawyers ordering her to “stay silent about Trump, or else…”, reports showed. Omarosa’s book will be released on August 14, she said.
‘A painful experience’
Earlier, I didn’t want to believe that Trump is a racist. I rejected what other people said about him because they didn’t know him like I did. I had to go through the pain of witnessing his racism with my own eyes, and hearing it with my own ears, many times, until I couldn’t deny it any longer.
‘Omarosa is a disgruntled ex-STAFFER’
The White House slammed the book by Omarosa, and called her ‘a disgruntled former White House employee’. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, ‘Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump is doing to make US safe and prosperous, her book is riddled with false accusations. It’s sad that a disgruntled ex-White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks.’
‘I condemn all types of racism, acts of violence’
- Donald Trump on Saturday said he condemns ‘all types of racism and acts of violence’ as he appealed for national unity on the anniversary of the nationalist march in Charlottesville that led to violent clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters.
- Trump tweeted, ‘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!’
- Trump had drawn severe criticism in 2017 for his muted response to the violence unleashed by white supremacists during a rally in Virginia in which a woman was killed and 19 were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of counter-protesters.
(With inputs from Agencies)