When your time on the 15 minutes of fame clock can be measured in years, you’ve got to do something pretty drastic to get the public’s attention. But Omarosa Manigault-Newman is just the woman to do it.
As pretty much the whole Western world knows by now, Omarosa has a book coming out about President Donald Trump that’s the most salacious tome about the president since the gossip-fest “Fire and Fury” (and apparently every bit as unbelievable).
I won’t go on about the numerous provable lies in the work or the fact that she almost certainly broke the law by recording Chief of Staff John Kelly in the White House. Instead, I’m going to focus on the titillating claims she makes about her putative friendship with Melania Trump.
Those who have previewed Manigault-Newman’s “Unhinged” have said that one of the major plot throughlines is that the former “Apprentice” contestant had a close relationship with the first lady — something that ostensibly allowed her to opine about the state of the Trump marriage.
“Whenever Donald and Melania weren’t on speaking terms — which was very often — he would call Ivana and ask for her advice,“ a passage from “Unhinged” reads, according to the Washington Examiner. “What could upset the current wife more than the husband calling up the first wife for advice?”
She also wrote about a 2017 interview in which Ivana Trump called herself the “first lady,” according to the Examiner, which prompted Manigault-Newman to go to the East Wing to comfort Melania.
“She was furious,” Manigault-Newman wrote. She claimed in the book that she helped craft a statement that said Ivana’s remarks were “attention seeking and self-serving noise.”
Aside from the “self-serving pot-calling-the-kettle-black” factor here, the whole story appears unlikely — especially since Melania Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, says Melania “rarely, if ever, interacted” with Omarosa.
“It’s disappointing to (Melania) that (Manigault-Newman) is lashing out and retaliating in such a self-serving way, especially after all the opportunities given to her by the President,” Grisham told the Examiner in an email. If that kind of mother-lecturing-a-recalcitrant-13-year-old tone doesn’t bring a smile to your face, my guess is that you have a knit pink hat with cat ears somewhere in your wardrobe.
For normal people, though, that’s a lesson in humililty Ms. Manigault-Newman should take to heart.
There’s a lot of other speculation in the book, including what would happen if and when Trump left office.
“In my opinion, Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office and she can divorce him,” Manigault-Newman wrote, according to the Examiner, saying that the first lady was afraid that Trump could “invalidate” her citizenship. Which, huh? Did Manigault-Newman actually read the relevant portions of immigration law before she wrote this? Did anyone on her team try to check it out? Good Lord.
There are a lot of other claims that Manigault-Newman makes — such as the fact that Melania makes fashion choices to embarrass her husband and that she’s made other moves to sabotage him — which are… Whatever.
If you need a motive for this, all you need to do is look at Ockham’s Razor. If you’re a millennial, no — that’s a concept not all that similar to Dollar Shave Club. It essentially states that if you want to deduce motives or the truth, the simplest answer is usually the right one.
So, what’s the simplest answer here? That Omarosa Manigault-Newman was Melania Trump’s closest confidant and just decided to spill all the details to inform America? Or, that Omarosa needs money and/or attention?
Melania Trump speaks through her people, and they’ve made it clear just how they feel about Manigault-Newman’s book. The very fact that they issued a statement should be indicative of the fact that it’s false, at least by Omarosa’s rubric. After all, if Melania was so interested in destroying her husband, why issue a statement at all? This was a textbook example of how manners can disarm an opponent just as often as invective.
In short: Omarosa’s 15 minutes are long over. Feeding the attention-seekers only makes things worse — and Melania Trump refused to take the bait. She taught her a lesson in humility instead.
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