Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman says in her upcoming book that there are tapes of President Donald Trump using the N-word on “The Apprentice” television show.
According to excerpts obtained by The Guardian, Manigault Newman’s upcoming book “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House” includes passages in which she calls Trump a “racist” who has used the “N-word” repeatedly. She says that there are tapes to prove that Trump was caught on mic saying the racial slur on his former NBC reality show. She cited three unnamed sources.
According to the published excerpt, Omarosa said she felt a “growing realization that Donald Trump was indeed a racist, a bigot and a misogynist. My certainty about the N-word tape and his frequent uses of that word were the top of a high mountain of truly appalling things I’d experienced with him, during the last two years in particular.”
The existence of tapes from Trump’s time on “The Apprentice” has been pointed to by others in the past, including actor and comedian Tom Arnold, who said in an interview following the 2016 election that he has a video of Trump using racist language in outtakes from the show.
“I have the outtakes to The Apprentice where he says every bad thing ever, every offensive, racist thing ever,” Arnold told the Seattle-based radio station KIRO. “It was him sitting in that chair saying the N-word, saying the C-word, calling his son a retard, just being so mean to his own children.”
However, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which owns the rights to The Apprentice, and its creator, Mark Burnett, have resisted pressure to release the footage, citing “various contractual and legal requirements.”
George Conway dismissed Manigault Newman’s accusation on Twitter, writing, “The allegation is not credible, and indeed is ridiculous, particularly in light of the timing of her departure from the White House–December 12, 2017. It’s absurd all around.”
Manigault Newman did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Manigault Newman left her job as the Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison in December, after nearly 15 years as a member of Trump’s inner circle. She first made a name for herself on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice” and went on to become a staffer for the president. Her “tell-all” book about her experience in the White House is set to hit shelves on Aug. 14.
Manigault Newman is not the first former Trump staffer to pen a book about her experiences. Sean Spicer is on a national tour for his book, “The Briefing,” while Anthony Scaramucci is scheduled to release his book “Trump, the Blue-Collar President” in October. However, unlike her former colleagues, who have spoken positively of their experiences in the White House, Manigault Newman has a darker story to tell, according to The Washington Post.
Her departure from the White House was filled with drama, with some outlets reporting that she had been fired and that Secret Service members physically dragged her from White House premises after she refused to leave. (Manigault Newman, the Secret Service, and the White House all denied these reports). She compared leaving the administration to “being freed off a planation” during an appearance on “Celebrity Big Brother.”