On The Lead on Tuesday, host Jake Tapper set fire to everyone involved in the Omarosa Manigault story – from President Trump, to Omarosa herself, and everyone in between – over the total lack of credibility all around. The clip above begins with Republican strategist Josh Holmes noting that Trump has stated there is no tape of him saying the n-word. “He says a lot of things himself he then has to retract because they’re lies,” replied former Executive Director for the Congressional Black Caucus Angela Rye. “I think we are well into the thousands in Washington Post‘s count about the number of lies.” “This man has an issue with black people,” Rye said. “She can’t guarantee that a racist didn’t use the n-word for the same reason we can’t guarantee that the head of the KKK didn’t use the n-word.” Tapper replied with Sarah Sanders Continue reading "Jake Tapper Blasts Everyone Involved in Omarosa Circus: It’s ‘A Story Where There Are Like 30 Liars’"
Omarosa Manigault told NPR that hearing Donald Trump say the n-word on tape “changed everything for me.” Yet, her own words seem to contradict what the former reality star villain turned fired White House staffer says in her new book, UNHINGED. NPR’s Rachel Martin pointed out the discrepancy to Manigault during the interview, prompting Manigault to try to tell Martin that she hadn’t read the book. But, as NPR reported, the very section that Manigault told Martin to read actually was the part that contradicted her claims. Here it is, via NPR:
Incredibly, this person – who shall remain nameless – picked up the phone. We spoke. On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’d said them. During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track. Continue reading "Omarosa Contradicts Her Own Book in NPR Interview"
As Omarosa Manigault prepares to release a book about her time in the White House, a new report says she claims there were multiple instances of President Donald Trump using racist language. The book — UNHINGED: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House — garnered publicity this week after it was revealed that Manigault secretly taped Trump, much like his old lawyer Michael Cohen. Manigualt’s book will document her “growing realization that Donald Trump was indeed a racist, a bigot and a misogynist,” and according to The Guardian, it contains an account of Trump using racial slurs against Kellyanne Conway‘s husband.
She also claims that she personally witnessed Trump use racial epithets about the White House counselor Kellyanne Conway’s husband George Conway, who is half Filipino. “Would you look at this George Conway article?” she quotes the president as saying. “F**ing FLIP! Disloyal! Fucking Goo-goo. Continue reading "Omarosa Claims Trump is On Tape Using the N-Word, Made Racist Remarks About Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: Report"
The founder of Papa John’s resigned this week after reports surfaced he used the n-word during a May meeting. In a statement, John Schnatter admitted that he used the word during a media training session and apologized for the “hurtful language.” “News reports attributing the use of inappropriate and hurtful language to me during a media training session regarding race are true,” Schnatter said in the statement released by Papa John’s. “Regardless of the context, I apologize. Simply stated, racism has no place in our society.” After his resignation, Schnatter also tried to explain more of the circumstances in which the word was said, taking to local news to stress that the words were spoken in the context of a training session and he “repeated something that somebody else said.” “It wasn’t a slur. It was a session on strategy and media planning and training and I repeated something Continue reading "Papa John’s Founder Speaks Out on Dropping N-Word During Meeting: ‘It Wasn’t a Slur’"
The executive used the slur twice — the second time while talking with black employees who were helping him deal with the fallout from the first time he used it, a company memo said.
Netflix has parted ways with its chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland, who has worked at the streaming service since February 2011. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Friedland dropped the n-word at least twice. CEO Reed Hastings also talked about what happened in a lengthy internal memo that read, in part, “His descriptive use of the N-word on at least two occasions at work showed unacceptably low racial awareness and sensitivity.” The now-former top communications exec also confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that he was let go. “I’m leaving Netflix after seven years,” Friedland said in a statement. “Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy.” He added: “I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company Continue reading "Netflix Fires Top Communications Exec After He Said the N-Word at Work"
Mea culpa is a Latin phrase. It means “through my fault” and is generally seen as a public or formal acknowledgment of committing an error or being at personal fault. Last night, Bill Maher immediately triggered the outrage machine when he said he was a “house nigga” while interviewing Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). This was in response to Sasse asking Maher if he’d like to work in the fields. The audience reacted with a mix of shock and nervous laughter. Meanwhile, social media lit up with reaction to Maher’s use of the N-word. Well, early this morning, after departing a flight back from Los Angeles, Sasse took to Twitter to issue a mea culpa for his part in the whole exchange. (Sasse has taken heat for smiling and not pushing back after Maher used the word.)
Am walking off a redeye from LAX.
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