After several hours of hype from MSNBC, Omarosa Manigault Newman appeared on the network again to show off a new secret White house recording and it revealed…nothing we didn’t already know before.
Manigault Newman spoke to Craig Melvin today in order to counter the attacks on her credibility, and defend her new gossip-filled book about President Donald Trump‘s White House. She released a new clip to back up her claim that the Trump campaign tried to offer her monthly $15,000 cash payments if she’d accept a job with them and never speak publicly about her time with the administration.
The recording captured a phone conversation with Lara Trump, the president’s daughter in law and campaign staffer, who offered Manigault Newman a yearly salary of $180,000 if she’d take up a position in the campaign and go on speaking engagements on the president’s behalf.
Based on the transcript, it seems the alleged $15,000 regular payoff Manigault Newman alluded to was actually the monthly paycheck she would’ve received.
Since the transcript was broken up into multiple parts, Melvin asked Manigault Newman why she was releasing selective clips instead of the complete conversation. She claimed that the audio was edited to cut out the frivolous back and forth between herself with Trump, but the complete transcript corroborates the core of her claim.
“I saw this as an attempt to buy my silence, to censor me and to pay me off $15,000 per month by the campaign,” Manigault-Newman said.
“You saw this as hush money?” Melvin asked.
“Absolutely,” she answered.
The conversation continued with questions about why the Trump campaign tried to give Manigault Newman a new position so soon after her firing, and how the administration turned against her so forcefully when they supposedly loved her so much at first.
Lara Trump issued a statement in response:
NEW: Lara Trump responds to Omarosa Manigault Newman's book: "I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level. I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on.” https://t.co/fmr3RxDmnl pic.twitter.com/pvtYQGGgrS
— ABC News (@ABC) August 16, 2018
For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman was good friend with Donald Trump’s, making her deeply unpopular with racist black Americans who portray her as a sellout.
Her falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist as she sells her new book — and in turn, his calling her a “dog” — have not been enough for many African-Americans to invite her back to the family picnic, AP reports.
Too little, too late, many said.
“Her tell-all mea culpa won’t win her any brownie points with most blacks,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of the book “Why Black Lives Do Matter.” ″Their loathing of Omarosa is virtually frozen in stone. She’s still roundly lambasted as a two-bit opportunist, a racial sellout and an ego driven hustler.”
Few in the black community immediately rushed to defend Manigault Newman after she wrote a book titled “Unhinged” about her time in the White House. It paints a damning picture of Trump, claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed “The Apprentice” reality series, on which she co-starred.
She has since stepped up her attacks on Trump as she promotes her book, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is “a racist, a misogynist, a bigot.”
“I want to see this nation united as opposed to divided,” she said. “I don’t want to see a race war, as Donald Trump does.”
The deep hostility that African-Americans harbor for Manigault Newman stems largely from her defense of the president or her public silence as he repeatedly attacked the American citizenship of former President Barack Obama; insulted various minority groups and described some African nations as “shithole” countries. He has also insulted prominent blacks like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and NBA superstar LeBron James, said that “many sides” are to blame for the violence at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and ripped African-American athletes for protesting racial injustice.
As the highest-profile African-American on the White House staff, she pushed back on accusations that Trump was racist. She once told PBS’ “Frontline,” ″Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump.”
In the book, Manigault Newman suggests she joined Trump’s campaign — despite the misgivings she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor — after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign fell through and left her feeling spurned.
She writes that Trump and his campaign were “eager for my help” and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a “high level.” And, “since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be ‘no harm, no foul’ for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted,” she wrote.
She now says he “used” her, calling him a “con” who “has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities” but is “truly a racist.”
“We should not mistake anything that has happened here as to be Omarosa in any way purporting be a benefit to the African-American community,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, a Democratic strategist.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
August 16th, 2018