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WH insists Trump’s no racist as he vilifies another minority

  • Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in New York. Manigault Newman declared she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) Mary Altaffer

  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, in Washington. Sanders took questions about former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newmanand other topics. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Andrew Harnik

  • FILE - In this May 30, 2017 file photo, White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault Newman arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. The White House says former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has "shown a complete lack of integrity" with her criticism of President Donald Trump in her new book, "Unhinged." Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that Trump's tweets referring to Manigault Newman as "crazed" and a "dog" reflect his "frustration" with her comments. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) Andrew Harnik

  • FILE - In this March 12, 2017 file photo, White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault, right, walks past President Donald Trump during a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Manigault Newman, who was fired in December, released a new book "Unhinged," about her time in the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Pablo Martinez Monsivais

  • Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman during an interview on the “Today” show on Monday in New York. ap photo

  • President Donald Trump speaks before signing the 716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain during a ceremony Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Fort Drum, N.Y. Trump lashed out at Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday, saying his former White House adviser — who is promoting a tell-all book and airing secret audio recordings —"got fired for the last time." (AP Photo/Hans Pennink) Hans Pennink

  • FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2017 file photo, White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault waits for the start of a joint news conference with President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the White House in Washington. Manigault Newman, who was fired in December, released a new book "Unhinged," about her time in the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Pablo Martinez Monsivais



Associated Press
Tuesday, August 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Tuesday, calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife” and “that dog,” as a clash rooted in the reality star’s accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans.

The public conflict showed no signs of slowing, as Manigault Newman did another round of interviews to promote her tell-all book and Trump’s presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her alleging she breached a confidentiality agreement.

Manigault Newman, who has painted a damning picture of Trump and alleged there is a videotape of him using a racial slur, told The Associated Press she is not going away.

“I will not be silenced. I will not be intimidated. And I’m not going to be bullied by Donald Trump,” she said.

Trump, who has denied the existence of any such tape, assailed Manigault Newman in language that stood out even by his trash-talking standards, praising his chief of staff, John Kelly, “for quickly firing that dog!”

That slam follows a pattern of inflammatory language about women and minorities. In 2015, shortly before he launched his campaign, Trump described Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington as “a dog.” He has recently targeted California Rep. Maxine Waters, basketball star LeBron James and TV journalist Don Lemon, all African-Americans, and has repeatedly attacked black football players for kneeling during the national anthem in social protest.

Manigault Newman told the AP that “at every single opportunity he insults African-Americans,” and she accused him of trying to start a “race war.”

During the campaign and her White House tenure, Manigault Newman, who was the highest ranking black official in the West Wing, stood by Trump even at moments of racial strife, including the clashes between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Trump’s targeting of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem in social protest.

Fired by Kelly in December, Manigault Newman now says many of Trump’s actions gave her pause but she was sympathetic to him as a longtime friend and mentor.

In her book, she casts herself as a strong black woman who overcame humble beginnings and has often navigated hostile work environments with aplomb.

Now she is aligning herself with Trump’s victims, said Leah Wright Rigueur, a historian at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

“She’s drawing a direct line of comparison between herself and other black women Trump has attacked,” Rigueur said. “She’s suggesting that the president is racist and sexist and using herself as evidence.”

A contestant on the first season of Trump’s TV show “The Apprentice” and a veteran of reality television, Manigault Newman has managed her explosive book tour for maximum effect, conducting back-to-back interviews and teasing out new bits of information in each one, successfully baiting the television-watching president.

Central to her argument that Trump is racist is her claim that she had heard an audiotape of him using the N-word. Trump has pushed back hard, tweeting that he had received a call from the producer of “The Apprentice” assuring him “there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said she could not guarantee Trump had never used a racial slur. Asked if she could say with certainty that Trump had never used the N-word, she said, “I haven’t been in every single room,” though she stressed that the president has addressed the question and denied ever using such language.

Manigault Newman continued to stir the pot Tuesday, providing CBS another audio recording that she said showed campaign workers discussing the alleged recording.

Her allegations put Trump allies on their heels and clearly got under the president’s skin.

Trump insisted, “I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have.” He said Manigault Newman had called him “a true champion of civil rights” until she was fired.

Manigault Newman writes in her book that she’d heard such tapes of Trump language existed. She said Sunday that she had listened to one after the book closed.