President Donald Trump frequently used the word “nigger” while he was the host of the reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice” and there are tapes that can confirm it, according to a new memoir by one of Trump’s former White House advisers, Omarosa Manigault Newman.
The claims, based on hearsay, are among the more explosive that Manigault Newman makes in the book, “Unhinged.” It was first reported by the British publication The Guardian, which had an early copy.
Manigault Newman said she never heard Trump use the word herself, a point that critics of her credibility are certain to seize on. But she said that by the time she was fired by the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, she had come to realize that Trump was a “racist.”
“It had finally sunk in that the person I’d thought I’d known so well for so long was actually a racist,” she said in the memoir.
“Using the N-word was not just the way he talks but, more disturbing, it was how he thought of me and African Americans as a whole.’’
Manigault Newman worked with Trump on the show as a first-season contestant, and then was an adviser to his campaign and later in the White House.
She was fired in December 2017, after what White House aides said were multiple instances of misconduct, including misuse of a car service and attempting to photograph her wedding on White House.