The White House is desperately attempting to do damage control in response to former White House staffer and Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault’s release of a bombshell recording in which Trump officials discuss how they would spin the discovery of tapes that contain the President using racial slurs.
But the wind was taken from their sails almost immediately, as the Trump efforts to deny and discredit the allegations were shot down by Penn Jillette, the famous magician who was a contestant on Trump’s reality show in 2012.
.@MarkBurnettTV called to say that there are NO TAPES of the Apprentice where I used such a terrible and disgusting word as attributed by Wacky and Deranged Omarosa. I don’t have that word in my vocabulary, and never have. She made it up. Look at her MANY recent quotes saying….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Earlier today, NBC producer Mark Burnett publicly stated that no tapes of Trump saying the “n-word” exist — but Jillette said he’s lying in a new interview.
VULTURE: Does Mark Burnett have tapes of President TrumpOmarosa Manigault Newman has backed the claim that there is a tape of Trump using the N-word on Celebrity Apprentice. Not to be confused with the Access Hollywood tape, the alleged pee tape, the tapes Omarosa made in the White House, or the tapes Michael Cohen made of Trump. saying damaging things during Celebrity Apprentice?
JILLETTE: Yeah, I was in the room.
VULTURE: You’ve heard him say …
JILLETTE: Oh, yeah.
He knows Burnett is lying to protect the president because he was in the room when Trump said “racially insensitive things that made me uncomfortable.”
“Nothing I can say here hurts my career. But for the world the stakes are higher. And what I’m trying to do here is tell you the story emotionally without telling you specifics. I would not feel comfortable talking about what I felt I saw in that room — because when I was on that show I was sleeping four to five hours a night. I was uncomfortable. “Stress” is the wrong word, but I was not at my best” said Jillette to Vulture magazine.
It is perhaps the biggest non-surprise in the world to learn that Donald Trump, an avowed racist who already was caught admitting to sexual assault on tape, has been recorded saying racial slurs.
But for the President of the United States to be dealing with this kind of scandal is a stunning indictment of how poisoned American politics has become. It’s appalling that with all the serious issues facing this country we have to devote energy to this ridiculous scandal — but devote energy to it we must, because that kind of language cannot ever be tolerated from a public official or leader of any kind.
The president is supposed to represent all Americans, no matter their skin color or their sexuality, religious beliefs, or country of origin — and a recording of him casually using racial slurs is all the evidence that we need to prove that his heinous agenda of white nationalism is racially motivated and that he is utterly unqualified to lead this nation.