Omarosa Manigault Newman is doing one thing none of her predecessors have achieved — she’s gone nuclear on her former boss and the White Home.
That is one thing no different former White Home staffer — from Hope Hicks to Sean Spicer to Steve Bannon — has achieved.
Spicer has tried self-deprecating humor. Bannon has carried on from afar as an ideological soul mate. Others have simply stayed quiet. Manigault Newman is the primary to activate Trump with a blow torch.
She’s promoting her rumor-filled tell-all that accuses him of racism and on the similar time promising to reveal her former boss and the folks she now calls liars who she used to work alongside.
“I’ll say I’m going to reveal the corruption that went on within the marketing campaign and within the White Home. I’ll proceed to blow the whistle on all of that,’ she mentioned on MSNBC Tuesday.
That is what’s uncovered her to such a visceral response from Trump. He has singled different former staffers out for scorn, however Omarosa Manigault Newman has been on the receiving finish of one of many his most vitriolic Twitter assaults — in a single tweet, he even referred to her as a “canine,” an unpleasant and dehumanizing epithet in opposition to a girl and one of many few African-Individuals to serve on his employees.
White Home press secretary Sarah Sanders advised Tuesday that Trump’s counter-offensive would proceed whereas Manigault Newman is within the information. Trump fights fireplace with fireplace, she mentioned.
Manigault Newman alleged he used the n-word throughout a taping of “The Apprentice.” Trump has denied that, however the entire ordeal led to an ungainly change Tuesday, through which Sanders could not assure the President had by no means used the n-word.
Whereas Manigault Newman has no proof he ever mentioned it, for different allegations denied by White Home staffers within the e book she has later supplied tapes of conversations, which has led staffers to marvel what different recordings she may need in her archive.
There are caveats aplenty for the excellence that Manigault Newman is the primary former staffer turned antagonist.
You do not hear a peep from the likes of Hope Hicks, who left underneath a cloud, or Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus, who had been so seen early on.
Maybe these and others have non-disclosure agreements in the identical vein because the one Trump says Manigault Newman signed.
Whereas CNN has not seen the particular settlement Omarosa signed, it has obtained a replica of the non-disclosure settlement despatched to different 2016 marketing campaign employees. It consists of language that signees should not “demean or disparage … Mr. Trump … (or) any Household Member.” By signing, in addition they conform to binding arbitration. It notes that the Trump marketing campaign has the proper to take them to court docket.
It’s actually true that some former White Home (Michael Flynn) and marketing campaign (Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos) staffers appear to have have turned on Trump, and even perhaps in a extra damaging method than Manigault Newman: They’re cooperating with particular counsel Robert Mueller. We noticed how ugly that would get when Gates spilled his former boss Paul Manafort’s secrets and techniques in federal court docket final week.
And the creativeness runs wild with what conversations Michael Cohen, the President’s former fixer and lawyer, has had with authorities. He is clearly turned on Trump since he gave CNN audio of a secretly taped cellphone dialog.
However Cohen isn’t out on cable TV slashing and burning at Trump. His betrayal, if that is what it’s, appears rather less whole-hearted.
And Trump, although he is mentioned to really feel betrayed by Cohen, has not taken his frustrations public.
Flynn, equally, hasn’t mentioned as a lot as a mean-spirited phrase about Trump in public. His son nonetheless often chimes in to assist Trump on social media.
That is why there are such a lot of individuals who marvel aloud if Trump is telegraphing that he’ll pardon folks prosecuted by Mueller along with his very political pardons of individuals like Scooter Libby.
One other spectacular White Home flameout was the 10-day tenure of Anthony Scaramucci. Certain, he’ll criticize Trump obliquely or disagree with a call right here or there, however he is turned his post-White Home time to being a type of White Home emissary on TV.
Steve Bannon, like Manigault Newman, was fired by White Home chief of employees John Kelly. And Bannon ran significantly afoul of Trump by steering his former boss towards the flawed horse in an Alabama particular election and in addition with what appeared to be thinly veiled pictures in Fireplace and Fury: Contained in the Trump White Home, the e book by Michael Wolff.
However Bannon, although disavowed, remains to be very a lot on Workforce Trump. He is an enormous backer of the President’s commerce insurance policies and his efforts to remake the Western world order.
That is a really completely different factor than what Omarosa is doing, which is actually changing into an enemy of the White Home.
And clearly that public breach of loyalty has rubbed Trump in a method no different former staffer’s departure has.
Early in his profession, Trump was requested for the “key issues” a boss ought to search for when hiring somebody and constructing a staff.
CNN’s Jeff Zeleny and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.