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August 15, 2018

"You are one of the few people who I would say has managed to out-Trump Trump," Trevor Noah told Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday's Daily Show. She laughed. Noah asked why she wrote her White House tell-all, Unhinged, and why she stayed in the White House despite believing President Trump to be a lying racist. "I thought that he could actually rise to the occasion of being presidential, and boy was I wrong," Manigault Newman said.

Noah asked about the recordings. Manigault Newman said she secretly recorded her colleagues to "blow the whistle on a lot of the corruption going on in the White House," and she knew nobody would believe her without tapes. Noah agreed, telling her he wouldn't have believed her. "I've also noticed that you are not releasing all the recordings at once — like, you're releasing all the singles, and we're waiting for the album," Noah said. "Is there a strategy behind this?" She said not really. "I'm not trolling them," she said. "I just want them to know that everything you see in Unhinged that's quoted can be verified, is documented and corroborated."

Noah asked Manigault Newman if she was scared for her safety. "Trevor, I would say this," she said: "If you see me in a fight with a bear, pray for the bear." Finally, Noah asked her, as someone who has known Trump for 15 years, what would she suggest for anyone going up against Trump? "There's one way to shut Donald Trump down," she said, "and that is to just don't give him the oxygen — and the oxygen comes from the clicks, like 'likes,' the shock, the discussion. ... If you ignore him, then you starve him of the thing that he loves the most, and that is controversy and attention."

Before the interview, Noah told his audience why he thinks maybe Omarosa is a better Trump than Trump himself. Watch below. Peter Weber

August 14, 2018

Former senior White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman promises to keep whistleblowing.

Manigault Newman appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday to claim that she witnessed "a lot of corruption that went on both in the campaign and in the White House."

The former Apprentice contestant, who departed her White House role in January, has the GOP and President Trump on edge now that she is doing a media tour to promote her new tell-all book, suddenly vowing to "expose" the administration's hidden secrets and alleging that Trump is a proven racist and misogynist.

Manigault Newman claimed Trump "absolutely" knew in advance that WikiLeaks would make public a trove of leaked emails from Hillary Clinton. She said he knew they were forthcoming, but opted not to say how he knew. She further did not offer any evidence to support the claim, though she did reveal that she has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for more details.

Manigault Newman went on to say that White House staffers are worried about Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign was involved with Russian election interference, and claimed Trump would grab women and kiss them without their consent at "any time of any day." When MSNBC's Katy Tur asked Manigault Newman why viewers should believe her, the former White House employee promised that "every single thing" from her book Unhinged had been verified — and more ominously, documented. Watch the full interview below, via MSNBC. Summer Meza

August 14, 2018

On Monday night, former Trump campaign officials Lynne Patton and Katrina Pierson unequivocally denied a claim in Omarosa Manigault Newman's White House tell-all, Unhinged, that they participated in an October 2016 conference call to discuss the potential fallout from a video of then-candidate Trump saying the N-word. On Tuesday morning, Manigault Newman dropped a new tape.

"CBS has not been able to verify the authenticity of the tape, but it does appear to confirm Omarosa's claims that Trump campaign officials were aware of this tape, in which then-candidate Trump used a racial slur, and they talked about how to handle it," CBS's Weijia Jiang said on CBS This Morning. Then she played the tape, which features Patton — now a top Housing and Urban Development official — Pierson, and former campaign communications director Jason Miller.

This doesn't look great for Patton and especially Pierson, but the conversation could theoretically be about some other potential Trump scandal caught on tape, or perhaps Manigault Newman doctored the recordings. Also, none of the three claims to have heard the tape, though none of them seem overly surprised that their boss used a terrible racial slur, either. Peter Weber

August 13, 2018

Omarosa Manigault Newman has the GOP on edge.

White House officials say they're "scared sh-tless of her," and it appears the Republican Party establishment is as well. The former Apprentice contestant and senior White House adviser to President Trump is currently promoting a new White House tell-all, Unhinged. The book reportedly makes some stunning claims, calling Trump a "racist, a bigot, and a misogynist," and Manigault Newman made secret recordings to back up her accusations of corruption.

The GOP has responded to the public drama with a brazen campaign of its own, tweeting out several messages intended to discredit the former White House employee. "Omarosa will clearly say anything to make a buck," the GOP wrote in one tweet. "It's obvious that no one should believe a word she says." Another tweet included a clip of an ABC News guest calling her recordings "an affront," while yet another called her a "terrible liar."

The campaign continued Monday, with a montage of news clips calling Manigault Newman everything from "unethical" to "evil." Lastly, in perhaps the ultimate sign of an ongoing disparagement campaign, Trump tweeted his own attack on Manigault Newman, giving her an official nickname: "Wacky Omarosa." Summer Meza

August 13, 2018

The Republican Party is devoting a lot of energy to discrediting Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Apprentice contestant and senior White House adviser to President Trump who is promoting a new White House tell-all, Unhinged. "Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" asked Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Sunday. That's a good question. Some other ones: Who thought it was a good idea to hire her at the White House in the first place? What did she do to earn her $179,700 government salary? And why did she last a year? The answer to that last question appears to be, in part, fear.

"I'm scared sh-tless of her," one male former colleague tells Axios' Jonathan Swan. "She's a physically intimidating presence. ... I'm afraid of her. I'm afraid of getting my ass kicked." Other former officials concurred. "One hundred percent, everyone was scared of her," one told Swan, while another said, laughing: "She knows media, she knows about physical presence, like Trump does ... that's why I think he's rattled. ... She's out-Trumping Trump right now." Maybe that's one reason the chaos-encouraging Trump hired her, as this accurate 2013 tweet hints:

But it's not just Manigault Newman's physical presence and savvy that has former allies worried: She appears to have the goods to back up some of her allegations. "I don't know what tapes she has on me," one former colleague told Politico. There's at least "one indication that the Trump White House is concerned about what Manigault Newman knows," says The Atlantic's Vernon Loeb: Trump's campaign offered her $15,000 a month to work for the campaign, on the condition she sign a nondisclosure and no-disparagement agreement about her time at the White House. "It is, it now seems, way too late for that," Loeb notes. Peter Weber

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