Trump responds to alleged N-word tape by calling Omarosa a ‘dog’



Omarosa Manigault-Newman released on Tuesday morning a secret recording of what she claims is an October 2016 call in which top Trump campaign aides discussed a tape of Donald Trump using the N-word.

CBS This Morning, which noted that it hadn’t independently verified the tape, obtained and played the recording on Tuesday. On it, then-campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson can be heard saying, “I am trying to find out at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it.”

“He said it,” Pierson adds. “He is embarrassed.”

Omarosa claims she recently heard a still-unreleased tape of Trump using the N-word on the set of The Apprentice, the reality TV show they both starred in. Trump has publicly denied such a tape exists.


Shortly after CBS played Omarosa’s tape, Trump lashed out at her on Twitter, calling her a “dog” and a “crazed, lying lowlife.”

Trump’s tweet marked the second straight day he attacked Omarosa — whom he hired for a $179,700 job at the White House. On Monday, Trump called her “vicious, but not smart.”

Despite promising to only “hire the best people” during his campaign, the narrative Trump presented on Twitter on Monday is that he brought Omarosa to the White House simply because she begged for a job, and refrained from firing her earlier only because she “said GREAT things about me.”

Omarosa isn’t the only black woman Trump has lashed out at so far this week. During a speech later on Monday, Trump called Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) a “low IQ person.” In general, Trump disproportionately attacks black people by insulting their intelligence. He also has a long history of comparing people of color with animals.


Later Monday, Trump posted bizarre tweets in which he denied the existence of tapes of him using the N-word on the set of the The Apprentice, but notably didn’t deny using the slur in general.

While Trump claims to be “a true Champion of Civil Rights,” his political rise was in fact fueled by championing the racist conspiracy theory that America’s first black president was a secret Muslim from Africa.


In 1989, Trump spent more than $85,000 on newspaper ads calling for the execution of a group of black teens who were wrongly accused of murder. Even after DNA evidence exonerated the “Central Park 5,” Trump refused to admit he was wrong.

“The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same,” Trump said in a statement released in October 2016 — the same month his aides allegedly discussed how to spin a recording of him using the N-word.