'No tapes,' Trump tweets as he brags Omarosa called him a civil rights champ

President Donald Trump lashed out at fired White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday evening as he declared for the first time that there are no tapes of him used a racial slur on the set of “The Apprentice” reality TV show.

He repeated an insult that Manigault Newman is “wacky” in a tweet, this time adding that she is “deranged.” Yet he also pointed out the many “wonderful and powerful things” the former “Apprentice” contestant “said about me,” including calling him a “true Champion of civil rights.”

The tweet stream appeared after Manigault Newman told “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on MSNBC on Monday night that a former member of the “Apprentice” production might leak an audio tape of Trump purportedly using the slur sometime before the November elections.

She said the tape may be used for “politically motivated things” — but offered no other details.

The person with the tape “used to be a part of the production staff for ‘The Apprentice,’” she explained, “and took it on themselves to actually document this so that they could expose him [Trump] for the racist that he is.”

When Matthews asked Manigault Newman if the individual is a Democrat, she said she was uncertain of the political affiliation.

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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)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 29: 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 94 HD cameras and 113 microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day. The three-night premiere event airs Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:01 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)
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)
Omarosa Manigault, President Donald Trump's Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, was present for the White House press briefing in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, on Monday, June 5, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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)
Omarosa (L), White House director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, talks with an aide prior to a news conference by U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Omarosa Manigault attends the 48th NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 11, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Omarosa Manigault, a staffer for US President-elect Donald Trump, listens as Martin Luther King III speaks to the media after meeting with the President-elect at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. / AFP / DOMINICK REUTER (Photo credit should read DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Images)
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)
Omarosa Manigault, director of African American outreach for President-elect Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson will be nominated as Trump's secretary of state, setting up a potential confirmation battle with U.S. lawmakers who have questioned the oilman's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg via Getty Images
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Omarosa Manigault arrives at the The Hollywood Reporter's 25th Annual Women In Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios on December 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: TV personality Omarosa Manigault attends the 2016 Soul Train Music Awards at the Orleans Arena on November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - DECEMBER 08: Omarosa Manigault attends the MGM National Harbor Grand Opening Gala on December 8, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for MGM National Harbor)
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)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Omarosa Manigault attends the premiere of 'Ben-Hur' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Omarosa Manigault attends the premiere of 'Ben-Hur' at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on August 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: TV personality Omarosa Manigault participates in the 2016 BETX Celebrity Golf sponsored by Nike on June 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/BET/Getty Images for BET)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 14: Omarosa Manigault attends Aretha Franklin's 74th Birthday Celebration at The Ritz Carlton Hotel on April 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
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HuffPost reported Monday that Manigault Newman told at least three of Trump’s aides that former “Apprentice” contestant Troy McClain played a tape for her in the White House in which the president is heard using a racial slur on the set of the reality show he starred in. Manigault Newman told one staffer that the tape was the reason she left her job as director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison, sources said. McClain denied he played a tape for her.

Manigault Newman also told Matthews that if special counsel Robert Mueller calls her “again, anything I have I’ll share.” Mueller is leading the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

She claims she heard audio of Trump using the racial slur after writing her new book, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House. But she told Matthews she had already learned of such a tape during the presidential campaign.

“I didn’t discover it until the fall of the campaign in 2016, when a producer, Bill Pruitt, came out and he tweeted that Donald Trump had said some very horrible things,” she told Matthews. “Racist things and some things about Jewish people.”

She claimed the campaign had a conference call about it.

“My first reaction to it was this can’t be true. This is somebody I’ve known since 2003,” Manigault Newman said.

Trump had “always been kind to me, as I said repeatedly in dozens and dozens of interviews,” she continued. “So, when I heard [about the tape], my first instinct was to protect him and not to dive deeper because I just dismissed it as untrue.”

The latest information from sources that she heard the tape while working in the White House would contradict both her book — in which she says she only heard about the tape — and her latest account that she actually listened to the tape for the first time after the book was finished.

Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster and political consultant, has tweeted that Unhinged claims she heard Trump use the word, an assertion he calls “flat-out false.”

The president has now bashed Manigault Newman as a “lowlife,” a “loser,” “vicious,” “wacky,” “not very smart” and “deranged. He’s been criticized for hiring her to work in the White House if that was his assessment of her.

Manigault Newman has released her own audio tapes of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her, and one of Trump appearing to be surprised she had been fired. She told Matthews there are “plenty” of others.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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