*The interview that a lot of people were feinin’ to see went down earlier today on NBC when Omarosa Manigault Newman sat down with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd to talk about her new book about her time in the White House and Donald Trump, called “Unhinged.”
However, a lot of the interview dealt with what she claimed was a secret recording of her firing by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Omarosa claims she secretly recorded Kelly when he locked her in the Situation Room, then told her she was fired, threatening her on her way out.
The ex-White House staffer played the tape and a voice that sounds like Kelly’s is heard saying …
“It’s come to my attention, over the last few months, that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues related to you and use of government vehicles and some other issues.”
A voice that sounds like Omarosa asks:
“Is the president aware of what’s going on?” The Kelly-voice responds, “Let’s not go down the road. This is a non-negotiable discussion.”
“How is it you recorded the White House chief of staff and you’re prepared in a moment’s notice to record him?” Todd asked. Omarosa responded, saying that Kelly had always refused to meet with her, so when he wanted this meeting she knew something was up.
“I protected myself, because this is a White House where everybody lies,” she shot back. “The president lies to the American people. Sarah Huckabee stands in front of the country and lies every single day.”
“If I did not have this recording people would still believe the false, incredible story I was running around the White House” and that she had tried to charge the residence of the First Family to save her job, and “I was trying to set off alarms.”
“I have no regret about it,” she said of the secret recording.
Speaking of recordings, Omarosa told Todd it was only after she closed her new book, “Unhinged: An Insiders Account of the Trump White House,” that she was finally able to hear a different secret recording that she had written about in her book.
In that recording, Donald Trump, then host of NBC’s “Apprentice” show, uses a racial slur to reference black people.
“I had an opportunity to go to Los Angeles to sit down with the person who has a copy of the tape,” she said, claiming she heard Trump’s voice saying the word “as clear as you and I are sitting here.”
Then she said something very interesting when she added that she “regrets…these people” are “probably trying to leverage” that recording as an “October surprise,” adding, “I don’t want to be part of that.”
In spite of all of Trump’s well documented racist actions and comments about blacks, Mexicans and immigrants, Manigault-Newman said it was only when she heard that alleged tape of Trump saying the slur that it was “confirmed” for her “what I feared the most…that Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engagement with diverse communities.”
“It confirmed that he is truly a racist,” she told Todd with a straight face.
“I had a blind spot where it came to Donald Trump,” added Omarosa.
“As we are celebrating – actually, observing,” she corrected herself – “the anniversary of Charlottesville…he had the opportunity to bring the country together. But he doesn’t have the ability to do that, because he puts himself over country every day.”
Todd noted she did not resign in protest after Trump’s post-Charlottesville remark, did not resign after Trump called kneeling NFL players ‘SOB’s’, etc. He read remarks by an Omarosa non-fan that her newfound realization about Trump’s racial outlook appear to have emerged from her book deal, and is born of self-interest.
“I need to push back,” she said, simpering, “I am an author. This is my third book.”
And speaking of her book, Omarosa brought the conversation back around, acknowledging she was complicit in hiding from the American public – how mentally fogged Trump has become. And that, she explained is why the book title starts with “Unhinged.”
In the end, Omarosa Manigault-Newman wants you to know this about her time in the White House.
“I will say this to you: I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation…They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined [Trump] is, how difficult it is for him to process complex information, how he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impact our country. I was complicit in that. I regret that.”
You may be wondering what Trump’s reaction to Omarosa’s book has been. On Saturday, reporters asked the president while on his golf course if he felt betrayed by Manigault Newman:
“Lowlife. She’s a lowlife,” he said, according to the Associated Press.
“Unhinged: An Insiders Account of the Trump White House” is set to release Tuesday, but various outlets published some of its statements ahead of time.