Saturday, August 11, 2018

Why Did They Fire Omarosa?

By Robert Wenzel

Okay, things are starting to spill out from the book Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House by the fired former White House employee Omarosa Manigault Newman.

The New York Times reports
President Trump frequently used the [the "N word"] while he was the host of the reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice,” and there are tapes that can confirm it, according to a new memoir by one of Mr. Trump’s former White House advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman...
 Mr. Trump described his education secretary, Betsy DeVos, as “ditsy”; that he once chewed up a piece of paper to avoid having it collected by presidential record-keepers; and that he routinely comments on women’s looks...
Elsewhere in the book, Ms. Manigault Newman paints an unflattering portrait of Ivanka Trump, the president’s elder daughter. She describes Ms. Trump’s involvement in trying to obtain a list of names of people suspected of leaking information about the White House, and says Ms. Trump has a “potty mouth” that cuts against her reputation...

Splinter News reports:
[Omarosa] writes she personally witnessed [Trump\s] racism against Conway’s husband, George. She says Trump used specifically racist terms for Filipino people against Conway, who is half-Filipino. From the Guardian: 
“Would you look at this George Conway article?” she quotes the president as saying. “F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo.”
Both flip and goo-goo are terms of racial abuse for Filipinos.
Trump's team is trying to
spin it as untruths from a  disgruntled former employee. It probably is half-truths by a very upset employee. Hell hath no fury like a fired aide whose White House job was everything.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders released a statement about Omarosa, saying that her book is “riddled with lies and false accusations,” and that she wishes Omarosa would have chosen to tell “the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous.”

“It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media will now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration,” Sanders continued.

Omarosa's book will be nothing more than a grazed bullet wound to Trump's arm if what is out so far is all she has. But does Trump really need the aggravation just before the mid-terms?

One has to wonder why a volatile personality like Omarosa was fired. This is a mistake made by both Trump and Trump's chief-of-staff, John Kelly who did the firing. She should have been put in a far corner of the White House, far away from Trump, that way she would have been kept under control but out of the way. Give her a big title that really meant nothing other than stay away from the action.

Apparently, there was some attempt to keep her under control---after the firing, duh, when she was surely steaming. And it was done by Eric Trump's wife over the phone! Amateur night.

From the Times:
In the book, Ms. Manigault Newman writes that Lara Trump, the wife of Mr. Trump’s son Eric — the de facto campaign manager for the next race — called to offer her a $15,000 monthly contract in exchange for her silence on anything negative about the president. 
“If you come on board, we can’t have you talking about that stuff,” she writes that Ms. Trump said,

adding, “Everything is positive, right?” Within a day, Ms. Manigault Newman says, she received the contract and a nondisclosure agreement preventing her from talking about anything related to the Trump family or Vice President Mike Pence’s family in perpetuity.
“I declined the offer,” she writes. “I was done with Trumpworld.”
When the billionaire commodities trader Marc Rich was still operating out of New York City, I used to hang around with some of the traders that worked for him. Among the many amazing stories they told me about him (This was before anybody knew who he was)  is that he would never fire an employee without first making sure that employee had another job somewhere else.

The very serious players know how to keep things shut down.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of


Trump calls Omarosa a lowlife: