Ousted White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman says Chief of Staff John Kelly is a racist who ultimately fired her after she brought up the alleged tape of President Donald Trump using a racial slur.
Manigault-Newman’s comments came during an appearance on MSNBC’s “AM Joy” where she spoke at length about her new bombshell book “Unhinged:An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.” When asked why she didn’t resign after Trump failed to condemn the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., the reality star said it was because she was heading an important HBCU initiative at the time.
“There were issues that were important to me that I couldn’t just throw up my hands,” she told host Joy Reid about the White House HBCU All-Stars program. “Sure, I could’ve left in protest, and yet those students would have never had the experience of a lifetime to come to Washington, to see how government works first-hand.”
Reid then switched gears to discuss Manigault-Newman’s firing from the White House, where she was once the highest ranking African-American in Trump’s White House staff. In her book, the former “Apprentice” star claims Kelly locked her in the situation room and threatened damage to her reputation before giving her the boot.
“Do you think John Kelly’s racist?” Reid asked.
“Oh, yeah,” Manigault-Newman quickly replied. “I mean, John Kelly thought the Civil War was about compromise. It wasn’t about compromise, General John Kelly, it was about slavery.”
The ex-aide said she believes Kelly fired her because he somehow knew that she knew about an alleged tape of Trump using the N-word during his “Apprentice” days.
Manigault-Newmman also claimed there’s an e-mail chain set to be leaked of former White House Communications staffer Hope Hicks discussing the alleged tape, saying the story “has been contained.”
“It’s hard to ignore the coincidence that I had that exchange in the morning and by the evening, [Kelly] was locking me in the situation room making threats,” she said.
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