Omarosa Manigault claimed in her new book and in a recent interview that she heard a tape of President Donald Trump using the “n word” years ago while shooting the Celebrity Apprentice. But the “source” of her claim has just released a major statement, and he made it clear that the tape does not exist, “period.”
During an interview Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” Manigault was promoting her new book about the inner working of the White House.
The former White House aide spoke about a major claim in her book, which alleges that a “source” supposedly had a recording of Trump using the “n-word” in a derogatory manner when he was hosting The Apprentice many years ago.
Manigault told host Chris Matthews that former Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt had uncovered the alleged tape. She also said she heard Trump saying the racial slur “multiple times.”
— PoliticusUSA (@politicususa) August 13, 2018
Almost immediately after Manigault’s appearance on Hardball, senior Trump official Lynne Patton fired off a series of tweets saying she spoke with Pruitt and that he had provided her with a statement swiftly refuting Manigault’s salacious claim.
Here’s what Patton wrote on Monday following Manigault’s claim, which includes Pruitt’s claim:
“Tonight, on the MSNBC program, Hardball, Omarosa revealed to the public what she had told me last December: that former Apprentice producer, Bill Pruitt, was the original source of the ‘N-word’ tape. Bill Pruitt is a mutual friend. I just spoke to Bill Pruitt tonight before releasing this statement.”
“He confirmed to me (before Hardball had even gone off the air) that he does NOT have an audio tape of President Trump using the ‘N-word’ and has NEVER had an audio tape of President Trump using the ‘N-word.’ Period.”
“Based upon her conflicting accounts and the newfound information revealed in my statement, it should be abundantly clear to everyone that not only is her book a complete work of fiction, but that the existence of this elusive ‘N-word’ tape is a figment of her imagination and merely a destructive tool of manipulation applied only when it best serves her interests.”
Patton receiving and sending out a statement from Pruitt refuting the claim sent shock waves across social media. Manigault’s book makes a bevy of salacious claims, many of which have already been swiftly condemned and called outright lies.
Here are just a few examples of notable figures who are mentioned in her book, and have denied the quotes or actions attributed to them by Manigault:
It seems like certain book publishers these days care more about getting a release out than getting the facts down.
This is why people don’t trust these “exposés,” which is especially bad for authors who actually are good and reliable. https://t.co/tkFyrtdOMW
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) August 10, 2018
LTo the many dozens of #journalists who called me, questioning @OMAROSA claim in her new book that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump took a note from me, put it in his mouth and ate it…I saw NO such thing and am shocked anyone would take this seriously.
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 12, 2018
Omarosa! I hear you mentioned me on Meet The Press. Don’t reference me or use my name. Keep my name out of your mouth. You have done enough. Your lies and crazy behavior are catching up to you. Can you say National Security breach? Lawyer up!
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) August 12, 2018
She is also under heavy fire and legal trouble for releasing two secret tape recordings that she took in the White House. One of White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly firing her in the Situation Room — which many argue is illegal — and the other of President Donald Trump calling her after she was fired.
On Tuesday, the Trump campaign filed arbitration against her in New York for allegedly breaking a nondisclosure agreement she signed in 2016.
Her book tour has become a train wreck, but the media will continue giving her free airtime because she will apparently say anything to smear the president.