Omarosa Manigault-Newman says she has “heard the tape” of President Donald Trump saying “the n-word,” adding, “When he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist.”
During an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, Manigault-Newman told host Chuck Todd why that significant detail of actually hearing the racial slur was not mentioned in her book, “Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House”: because the book “closed too soon.”
The president’s former aide explained that she had heard rumors “over and over again” that Trump had used the n-word during the taping of “The Apprentice,” and when she had an opportunity to hear the proof, she took it.
“When I had an opportunity to meet up with three different sources, they described the same exact statements,” she told Todd. “After I closed the book, I had an opportunity to go out in Los Angeles and sit down with the person who actually has a copy of the tape. And I heard his voice, as clear as you and I are sitting here.”
She continued, “I have heard for two years that it existed and once I heard it for myself, it was confirmed what I feared the most. That Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities but when he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist.”
Although Trump has never used the n-word in her presence, she said, “I am pretty certain that he’s probably said some very derogatory things about me.”
What those who have the recording are going to do with it is another question… and something Manigault-Newman is steering clear of. “What I regret is that these people are probably trying to leverage it as this October surprise and I don’t want to be a part of that,” she said.
The president responded to the accusations in Manigault-Newman’s book Saturday at a Bikers for Trump event at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, when a reporter asked if he felt his former aide betrayed him.
“Lowlife. She’s a lowlife,” he responded, putting his hand to the side of his mouth as if whispering.
“I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation,” Manigault-Newman said. “They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information, how he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impacts our country. I was complicit and for that I regret.”
Manigault-Newman was criticized Sunday after it was revealed that she recorded her firing by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in the Situation Room on December 12. When asked by Todd how often she taped people, Manigault-Newman replied, “I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies.”
Watch the full interview above.