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
Michael Cohen's lawyer, Lanny Davis, gave CNN on Tuesday the audio recording of a September 2016 conversation between Cohen and Donald Trump regarding buying the rights to a former Playboy model's story about the affair she said she had with Trump in 2007.
On the tape, Cohen, President Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, is heard telling Trump he plans on opening a company to finance the purchase of the rights to her story from American Media, parent company of The National Enquirer. American Media paid Karen McDougal $150,000 in August 2016 for her story, but it never ran. Trump is heard asking, "What financing?" and when Cohen says, "We'll have to pay," Trump responds, "Pay with cash," but after that, the audio is unclear. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, says Trump never made a payment to McDougal.
The tape also includes a brief conversation about a New York Times request to unseal the records from Trump's divorce from his first wife, Ivana; a pastor working for the Trump team; and polling numbers. Listen to the audio below. Catherine Garcia
Five days after he appeared in an infamous leaked video with Donald Trump, Billy Bush is negotiating his departure from NBC, The Washington Post and The New York Times report. Trump does most of the talking in the 2005 footage, but Bush laughs when Trump talks about an unsuccessful attempt to seduce Bush's married Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O'Dell and goads Trump on as he talks about forcing himself on women. NBC suspended Bush on Sunday from his months-old job co-anchoring the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show, and by Tuesday, Bush no longer appeared on Today's digital billboards at 30 Rockefeller Center.
Bush apologized on Friday, but if he had returned, former Today social media editor Anthony Quintano tweeted, the show was "going to have a real problem booking female guests." Today is in a hard-fought ratings war with ABC's Good Morning America. Billy Bush is a cousin of George W. and Jeb Bush. Peter Weber
On Sunday morning, the only top Donald Trump ally who would go on the political talk shows was Rudy Giuliani. After Sunday night's debate, female Trump advisers and staffers started appearing on cable news to defend Trump, especially over vulgar comments about making unwanted sexual moves on women, and that continued Monday. On Monday evening, Trump advocates Scottie Nell Hughes and Betsy McCaughey creatively argued that Trump's NSFW language is just part of broader pop culture and that Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite.
"Where have we made it okay to talk like that?" CNN's Anderson Cooper asked Hughes, referring to Trump's lewd language about women. "Eighty million copies of 50 Shades of Grey was sold," she said, also mentioning the male-stripper movie Magic Mike. When Cooper asked, Hughes said that the sex in 50 Shades of Grey was not consensual "all the time," and also name-dropped the Vampire Trilogy. "If you read anything from Sports Illustrated to Playboy, sex, unfortunately sells," she said, arguing that the real story is that Hillary Clinton has "torn down" the four women Trump brought to Sunday's debate.
When Cooper turned to anti-Trump GOP strategist Ana Navarro, she was ready. "Everything you said is 50 shades of crazy," she told Hughes. "To compare running for president to an erotic film or an erotic movie, an erotic novel, is crazy. If he wants to be held to that standard, great, then he can go write The Art of the Groping."
McCaughey, also on CNN, gleefully quoted Beyoncé to try to make her point. "I abhor lewd and bawdy language, I don't listen to rap music," she told Don Lemon, explaining that she mentioned rap "because it's full of the F word, the P word, the B word, the A word." When Lemon pointed out that rappers "aren't running for president," McCaughey responded: "Hillary Clinton says she finds the language on that bus horrific, but in fact she likes language like this," reading Beyoncé lyrics. When Lemon asked if Clinton said that, she said no, but Beyoncé is Clinton's "favorite performer, whom she says she idolizes and would like to imitate." Lemon laughed. "There is a lot of hypocrisy in Hillary Clinton expressing such horror at the language on that bus," McCaughey said. Watch below. Peter Weber
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