President Trump's former assistant, Omarosa Manigault Newman, was one of his most high-profile African-American supporters. She was also his only black senior adviser, until she was fired late last year. Now, she's calling the president a "racist."
Manigault Newman, a former Apprentice star, insists the president has used the "N-word" multiple times and declares him "a racist, a bigot, and a misogynist" in her forthcoming memoir Unhinged, a copy of which The Guardian has obtained.
While Manigault Newman says she never heard Trump use the N-word during her time in the West Wing, she says three unnamed sources told her there are outtakes from Trump's time on The Apprentice in which he uses the word, and she trusts them. "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," The Guardian quotes from the memoir. Manigault Newman went on to say she did hear Trump use slurs against Kellyanne Conway's half-Filipino husband George Conway.
Rumors of the recordings have swirled since late 2016, The Guardian says, after a former Apprentice producer tweeted that "far worse" tapes exist than Trump's Access Hollywood recording, in which he bragged about forcefully groping women. Last week, The Daily Beast reported that Manigault Newman has Trump recordings of her own, but that they are much less salacious than the Apprentice outtakes. Critics suggest Manigault Newman is just trying to get revenge after being unceremoniously pushed out of the White House in December. Kathryn Krawczyk