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....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
...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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018
Trump said in a trio of tweets that Manigault Newman “begged me for a job,” is a “loser” who is “vicious, but not smart” and “nasty to people,” and was basically an absentee employee of no real import. And then he capped it all off by pointing to the many great things she had said about him previously.
Pot, meet kettle.
In fact, nearly every contention Trump made about Manigault Newman is contradicted by something he previously said. Let’s take them one-by-one:
Omarosa ‘got fired 3 times on the Apprentice. ... She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job.’
What’s missing from this is, of course, the fact that Trump kept hiring her, including for a high-ranking $180,000-a-year White House job.
Trump has also praised her as a beacon of progress on the issues she worked on and said she is a “star.”
Here’s what he said at September 2016 rally in Ohio (with emphases added): "Don’t leave Omarosa — she’s a wonderful woman — don’t leave. She’s a wonderful woman. She has done so much for me with the African American community, with communities generally. And she’s another one — she is such a fine person, and nobody knows it. And I just blew her income for the next 20 years. You are amazing, okay, and I just want to thank you very much for everything you’ve done. She works so hard, she feels so strongly. Thank you. Omarosa. I mean I did help make her a star, in all fairness. I don’t feel — I don’t feel so guilty. So thank you.”
She’s ‘vicious’ and ‘nasty to people’
Few people would dispute this characterization of the cutthroat villain from “The Apprentice.” But Old Trump is one of them.
Here’s Trump in September 2016 at a rally in Detroit: "Omarosa, who’s actually a very nice person, but I don’t want to say that because I’ll destroy her image by saying that. But she’s actually a very, very fine person and a pastor.”
She’s ‘not smart’
Trump seemed to suggest she was pretty smart back in 2013.
Re Omarosa: Nasty, tough or smart...or all?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2013
‘When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems’
John Kelly became chief of staff in late July 2017. Here’s what Trump said in December 2017 when Manigault Newman left the White House.
QUESTION: Did Omarosa share some concerns with you, Mr. President?TRUMP: I like Omarosa. Omarosa is a good person.
‘I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible.’
Trump himself did a pretty good job of making her look “legitimate,” including hailing her on the way out by wishing her “continued success.”
Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017