Omarosa says Trump is 'truly a racist,' concedes complicity in White House deceit

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former White House aide and onetime cast member on NBC’s “The Apprentice” program, continued to claim on Sunday that she had heard President Donald Trump use the N-word. She also said Trump “truly is a racist.”

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Manigault Newman repeated that she had heard of the existence of a tape from Trump’s days as the star of “The Apprentice” on which Trump uses the racial slur. In her new book, Unhinged: An Insiders Account of the Trump White House, Manigault Newman describes searching for the tape; on Sunday, she said she had actually heard it after she finished writing the book.

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LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 12: Omarosa (43), a Television personality, originally from Youngstown, Ohio and currently living in Jacksonville, Fla., will be one of the celebrities competing on BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION, the first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER in the U.S., which follows a group of celebrities living together in a house with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and a two-hour live show on Friday, Feb. 9 (8:00 ÃÂ 10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 26: Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault (L) waits for the beginning of an event highlighting the opioid crisis in the U.S. October 26, 2017 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Trump plans to authorize the Department of Health and Human Services to declare a nationwide public health emergency in an effort to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths across the nation. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 27: (R) Omarosa Manigault Newman and John Newman attends the premiere of Pure Flix Entertainment's 'A Question Of Faith' at Regal 14 at LA Live Downtown on September 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images,)
Omarosa Manigault (L), aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, stands beside White House spokesman Sean Spicer (R) at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski (C) says hello to reporters as he and White House advisors Sebastian Gorka (from L), Omarosa Manigault and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci accompany President Trump for an event celebrating veterans at AMVETS Post 44 in Struthers, Ohio, U.S., July 25, 2017. Jonathan Ernst: "The most visible person in any White House is naturally the President, followed by the press secretary. But there are also the staff who support them, any one of whom might suddenly jump into public view and be national news for a day or two. For those of us covering the President Trump administration, there seem to be more compelling figures in the West Wing than ever before. It's crucial to know who's who and why they're important. When I raised my camera and back-pedalled ahead of the group to take this image Lewandowski gave me a hello and pointed right into the lens. I liked the photo, but had no idea it would go a little bit viral, especially since Scaramucci, who was the biggest mover and shaker that week, was hidden back in the pack. But I guess the image catches a glimpse of what it's like to be a West Wing staffer on the road." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo SEARCH "POY TRUMP" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2017 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway (L) and Omarosa Manigault (R) attend an event celebrating Women's History Month, in the East Room at the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Director of Communications for the White House Public Liaison Office Omarosa Manigault listens during the daily press briefing at the White House, October 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 14: Omarosa Manigault, aide to President Donald Trump, watches during a meeting with parents and teachers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: White House staff member Omarosa Manigault (L), takes selfie with other staff members before President Donald Trump's news conference where he announced Alexander Acosta as the new Labor Secretary nominee in the East Room at the White House on February 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump also fielded questions from reporters. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Omarosa Manigault, incoming White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, listens as Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, testifies before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on January 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/WireImage)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: (L-R) Television personality Omarosa Manigault, BET EVP of Strategy and Operations Richard Gay, and Chef Huda attend 'Soul Lunch & Greens: A Charity Golf Experience' at Top Golf at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino during Soul Train Weekend on November 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bryan Steffy/BET/Getty Images for BET)
INGLEWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Omarosa Manigault and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer attend the Inform Your Vote President Election Debate at The Tabernacle on October 8, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)
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“Once I heard it for myself, it has confirmed what I feared the most, that Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities,” she said. “But when he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist.”

Manigault Newman, who was one of the most prominent black aides to serve in his administration, also conceded she had helped Trump dupe the country.

“I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation,” she said. “They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he 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 and for that I regret.”

Trump called Manigault Newman a “lowlife” on Saturday in comments to reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is vacationing. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders previously characterized Manigault Newman’s book as “riddled with lies and false accusations.”

Manigault Newman’s description of Trump as a racist contradicts what she has publicly said before. Shortly after she left the White House late last year, she said Trump was “racial, but he is not a racist.”

In an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” top White House adviser Kellyanne Conway suggested Manigault Omarosa was making false claims about Trump’s language in order to market her book.

The Republican National Committee also joined in attacking Manigault Newman’s credibility on Sunday. In a tweet, the RNC said she has been “exposed as a terrible liar.”

Manigault Newman was dismissed from her role as director of communications for the White House office of the public liaison in December. On Sunday, she released a recording on “Meet The Press” that she made of her dismissal by Chief of Staff John Kelly.

“We’re gonna talk to you about leaving the White House. It’s come to my attention over the last few months that there’s been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues,” an apparent reference to Manigault Newman’s reported abuse of the White House car service, Kelly says on the tape.

When Manigault Newman asks Kelly if Trump is aware of her dismissal, Kelly can be heard saying that the White House staff works for him, not the persident.

In her comments on “Meet the Press,” Manigault Newman said she interpreted other comments Kelly made to her to be a thinly veiled threat.

“I think it’s important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation. And then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation,” Kelly says on the tape. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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