As the all-out war between Omarosa Manigault-Newman and Donald Trump escalates, the White House is doing damage control over some presidential tweets that more than fit the description of the title of Manigault-Newman’s new tell-all, Unhinged.
In a flurry of early-morning tweets, a clearly agitated Trump unleashed his fury on his one-time “Apprentice” favourite.
In addition to tweets referring to her as “Wacky and Deranged Omarosa,” Trump followed by calling her a “crazed, crying lowlife,” adding: “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!”
Calling an African-American woman a “dog,” however, was too much for many people, who felt Trump had crossed a line with a comment that appeared blatantly racist, sexist and misogynistic (just ask Roseanne Barr how things went when she tweeted that an African-American woman resembled “Planet of the Apes”).
In a misguided attempt to quell the outrage, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that Trump calling a black woman a “dog” had anything to do with race.
“I think the president is certainly voicing his frustration with the fact that this person has shown a complete lack of integrity, particularly by the actions following her time in the White House,” Sanders said in a press briefing on Tuesday, insisting there was nothing racial in Trump’s use of the word “dog.”
“This has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with the president calling out someone’s lack of integrity,” she added.
Huckabee Sanders then went on the offensive by excoriating the media for giving Manigault-Newman air time while she plugs Unhinged.
“I think most of America would be happy to ignore it but unfortunately the individuals in this room continue to create a large platform for somebody they know not to have a lot of credibility,” she said. “It wasn’t until this individual started to negatively attack this president and this administration and try to tear this entire place down that she received the type of platform and rollout that she’s getting… If the media continues to give it wall-to-wall coverage, the administration in some cases will be forced to respond.”
Addressing the president’s numerous tweets attacking the former reality show villain, Huckabee Sanders chalked it up to Trump being Trump. “The president is always somebody who’s going to fight fire with fire,” she said.
Prior to Tuesday’s publication of Unhinged, Huckabee Sanders issued a statement trashing the book. “Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations,” she said. “It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration.”