To no one’s surprise, President Trump has blasted Omarosa Manigault, the ridiculous woman to whom he gave an important White House job. Here is what Trump said:
Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart.
I would rarely see her but heard really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me – until she got fired!
While I know it’s ‘not presidential’ to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!
Trump is right that it’s not presidential to take on the likes of Omarosa. It’s also not presidential to give her a high-level job.
Trump’s only explanation for doing so is that Omarosa begged him with tears in her eyes. He does not claim ignorance, at the time the hire, of her wackiness and lack of brains. In fact, he demonstrates his awareness of these shortcomings, noting that she was fired three times on his reality television show. (She was also removed from a low-level job in the office of then-Vice President Gore and from a job in the Clinton Commerce Department).
Is Trump such a softy that he hires wacky dumb people if they cry? Maybe. But it seems more likely that he liked having this nasty minor celebrity drama queen around.
The most revealing line in Trump’s tweet storm is his statement that he told Gen. Kelly to try to retain Omarosa in spite of how awful she was because “she only said GREAT things about me.” That’s what really moves this president, not tears.
Lindsey Graham nailed it when he said of Trump, in response to the charge that the president is racist:
It is not the color of your skin [that determines how Trump reacts to you; it is not the content of your character. It is what you say about him.
That’s a good defense to the racism charge, but it’s a sad commentary on the man and, to some degree, his presidency.