By Darlene Superville
Published 2:58 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Photo: Evan Vucci / Associated Press 2017
NEW YORK — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared Tuesday that she “will not be silenced” by President Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared set to shift from the court of public opinion to a possible battle in a court of law.
Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new book about her time in Trump’s orbit, said she believes the president’s campaign organization is trying to keep her from telling her story. She commented just hours after Trump’s campaign announced it was filing an arbitration action against her, alleging that she violated a secrecy agreement.
“I will not be intimidated,” she said. “I’m not going to be bullied by Donald Trump.”
Still, the former reality TV star-turned-political aide declined to answer several questions about her experiences during her year as the highest-ranking African American aide in Trump’s White House, citing the arbitration action. She also declined to discuss details of her interview with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which she confirmed in a separate interview Tuesday.
Omarosa Claims There’s Tape of Trump Using the N-Word The ex-White House advisor and former ‘Apprentice’ contestant says so in her new memoir, ‘Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.’ The book is set to hit shelves August 14. According to ‘The Guardian,’ She doesn’t specify if she heard Trump use the N-word herself. But she does reportedly write George Conway is husband to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway. Manigault Newman writes that it was towards the end of her tenure at the White House that she realized the President is a racist. Excerpt from ‘Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,’ via ‘The Guardian’ Manigault Newman’s resignation from her post at the White House has been described as “abrupt.” Rumors of Trump using racial slurs during taping of ‘The Apprentice’ In January,
But Manigault Newman continued to unleash scathing criticism of Trump, saying he’s unfit to be president. She accused him of using his rowdy political rallies to sow racial division, even suggesting Trump is promoting violence.
Discussing the differences between their views, she said: “One, I want to see this nation united as opposed to divided. I don’t want to see a race war as Donald Trump does.”
Manigault Newman, who has known Trump since she was a contestant in 2003 on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice,” said the president’s proclivity for racial division is evident “when you see at every single opportunity he insults African Americans.” She noted, as examples, Trump’s recent criticism of NBA player LeBron James and California Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.
Trump recently tweeted that it took the “dumbest man on television” — also an African American — to make James “look smart,” and he regularly refers to Waters as “low I.Q.”
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted: “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Darlene Superville is an Associated Press writer.
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