Donald Trump unleashed another erratic Twitter rant early Tuesday morning, but this time his ire was directed at his former staffer, Omarosa Manigault-Newman.
“When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump wrote on the social media network. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Once one of Trump’s most ardent supporters (remember when she insisted his critics would have to “bow down” to the man?), Manigault-Newman is now singing a much different tune.
In her new book, Unhinged, the former White House staffer delivers some scalding hot tea about her former colleagues, including comparing Trump’s supporters to members of a cult. And while Manigault-Newman once vouched for Trump’s commitment to the Black community — despite all evidence to the contrary — the former Apprentice star now claims he’s used the n-word.
Trump has denied Manigault-Newman’s accusations. But after she released several recordings contradicting Chief of Staff John Kelly’s account of her firing, and one with Trump admitting that he didn’t know she was about to be let go, the nation’s chief executive has taken to slamming Manigault-Newman on social media.
In addition to calling her a dog, Trump also insisted he rarely saw her during her tenure at the White House and that she was “nasty” to other people.
In spite of Manigault-Newman’s self-serving reputation, many have come out to disavow Trump’s outrageous remarks.
Republican Senator Jeff Flake called Trump’s verbal assault on his former staffer “unbecoming of a President of the United States,” and Congresswoman Frederica Wilson admonished him for calling a Black woman a dog.
Manigault-Newman responded to Trump’s attacks during an interview with MSNBC’s Katy Tur, insisting they back up her claims about Trump’s “unhinged” personality.
“I think that it just shows you that if he would say that publicly,” she said, “what else would he say about me privately?”
She continued, “He has absolutely no respect for women, for African-Americans, as evidence[d] by him instructing the Chief of Staff to lock me for two hours in the Situation Room, to harass me, to threaten me and say that things could get very ugly for me and that there would be damage my reputation.”
While the discussion over Trump’s gruff rhetoric rages on, perhaps the most startling revelation of the day is that Manigault-Newman has been interviewed by the special counsel’s office about the Russia investigation, and that Trump knew about Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails before they were released to the public.
If Trump thought his Twitter tantrum would silence Manigault-Newman he was definitely wrong. With the promise of even more taped conversations, it looks like the former staffer will be in the news — and a thorn in Trump’s side — for a while.