As former White House aide Omarosa Maingault-Newman continues making the media rounds to promote her new memoir, she is encountering some resistance in her effort to disparage President Donald Trump.
Many of the president’s supporters and detractors alike have questioned the former reality television star’s credibility given her history of over-the-top antics.
Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson recently interviewed Daily Mail editor Piers Morgan, who appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” with both Manigault-Newman and Trump.
He described behavior that he said should make any serious discussion of the ousted Trump adviser’s book irrelevant.
In a behind-the-scenes encounter Carlson described as Morgan’s “me too moment,” the former CNN host said Manigault-Newman attempted to spark a sexual affair between the two in hopes of cashing in on the ensuing media attention.
“Her first gambit to me, day one, first challenge, she sidles up to me,” he said. “I’ve never even met this woman and she says to me, ‘We should have a showmance.'”
Morgan said he was not familiar with the term and was appalled when she described it to him.
“You know, on ‘The Apprentice’ everyone has sex together,” he said she told him. “So you and I could do that and then we could sell it and make lots of money.”
At that point, he said he immediately shut down the conversation, which led to verbal abuse and bullying throughout the remainder of her time on the show.
“She said, ‘What’s the matter with you? Are you gay?'” Morgan said. “I went, ‘No, just because I don’t want to have sex with you on the show that doesn’t make me gay.”
After that encounter, Morgan said he was in for “four or five weeks” of “unrelenting, five barrels of abuse, tirades, homophobic stuff.”
Years after that taping, he said he was shocked to see that Trump decided to align with Manigault-Newman again ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
“Then I hear when he wins that she’s going to be in the White House,” he said. “Now I have a lot of respect for Donald Trump, but I’m afraid with Omarosa this made no sense at the time. It makes no sense now that she’s left.”
Looking back on her tenure, Morgan said it appears she “accomplished nothing in her time in the White House other than disrupting everybody.”
Morgan said he believes she spent her time in the administration planning new ways to publicize and monetize her experience.
“Bet your life she was there listening, plotting, scheming, probably tape recording,” he said. “We’re now going to have ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ and all the stuff that comes out of that, then we’re going to have the book, then the docuseries, then the Lifetime movies, at which point you and I are going to have to leave the country because it’s so ridiculously absurd.”
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