Former senior White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman walked out of an interview with “Bernie and Sid in the Morning” on 77 WABC.
“Donald Trump is not equipped to serve in the role that he is in,” she said. “In fact, I would say that he is unfit to serve as president of the United States.”
During a conversation with Bernie McGuirk, the co-host called out her “despicable” actions and comments she has made about President Donald Trump.
While Trump might claim everyone is “winning,” and promising people would get “tired of all the winning,” Newman said that the president and the country are all losing.
“We are losing right now because Donald Trump is disingenuous about his engagement and his outreach,” she continued. “In fact, I believe, he wants to start a race war in this country.”
Before the interview even began, the hosts had callers who accused her of stabbing the president in the back.
“Well, you’re going to have to go to Bernie for that,” said co-host Sid Rosenberg. “I’m not going to have this lady come on beating her face in because she back-stabbed Donald Trump. She did back-stab Donald Trump. I know that. Bernard knows that… I think the majority of America knows that.”
Rosenberg explained that the world knows what Newman did and they wanted to give her an opportunity to defend herself.
“And if you don’t believe her, and I don’t, then fine,” Rosenberg said.
Newman alluded to someone in the Vice President’s Office is involved in the op-ed, saying that it hasn’t been a secret she thinks something is going on there. Mike Pence has denied that he had anything to do with it, but many speculated online Wednesday that it was someone connected with the man.
“I would say I could narrow it down to Pence’s office,” she said. “The writer, if you read the op-ed, is very specific about being a staffer. I believe, having served as an official for the president, I believe it’s a staffer. I don’t believe it is someone who is at the president or vice president’s level. But because of the choice of words, it is very similar to the speaking style and patterns of someone who would work around the vice president. That’s my opinion.”
The men began by asking her to say something positive about Trump. She complied but noted that she saw something transform in the president “the moment he became the leader of the free world.”
Rosenberg said that when he first watched her on Chuck Todd’s show, he saw her as someone who was “full of it” and nothing more than a “bitter” and “angry” woman striking back. However, the more she talks, the more Rosenberg said he saw some possible truth. It was only after she was fired that she struck out against the White House. So, it’s reasonable for them to see her as nothing more than a “bitter lady.”
She explained that the person can read her book and decide for themselves, but that Americans deserve to know what is happening in the White House.
“They deserve to know. The American people have a right to know what is going on,” she said.
“Well, the tapes have credibility,” she quipped.
But it was McGuirk that went after her, saying that she smeared Trump personally, including his marriage. He quoted activists online saying that Trump calling Newman a “dog” was an insult to dogs and should be a “snake” or a “rat” instead.
“You actually said Trump covets his daughter. He wants to have sex with his daughter,” McGuirk said. “Can you understand why people would think, and Trump would think, that after what he did for you, was so despicable?”
Newman said that she couldn’t believe such things could come out of the mouth of a president. McGuirk shot back that he couldn’t believe anyone could accuse the president of wanting to have sex with his daughter.
It devolved into an argument from there.
Trump administration quietly guts COVID-19 paid leave provision that already excluded 75 percent of workers
The Trump administration has quietly issued new guidance that will exempt many small businesses from having to provide some workers with paid leave during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Department of Labor issued a temporary rule Wednesday that effectively exempted businesses with fewer than 50 workers from being required to provide 12 weeks of paid leave for workers whose children are suddenly at home from school or child care under the coronavirus stimulus package signed by President Donald Trump.
This article first appeared in Salon.
Trump is deploying national guardsman to provide pandemic support without any health benefits: report
The National Guard are an essential part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, and thousands of them have potentially been exposed to infected civilians, making it a particularly dangerous and important time to serve.
But according to The Daily Beast, the guard has been deployed in a way that prevents them from being eligible for the military's health care system.
"The approximately 20,000 guardsmen who have been called up to help states around the country deal with the spread of the coronavirus are federalized on what’s called Title 32 status, which puts them in command of their various state governors but with the federal government paying costs," wrote senior national security correspondent Spencer Ackerman. "But according to the National Guard’s advocates and the U.S. governors’ association, the guardsmen are activated on orders that last 30 days. That puts them one single day shy of the requirement allowing the military health insurance system known as TRICARE — think of it as Medicare For All In Uniform — to cover them."
Vaccine researchers grew ‘alarmed’ as Trump’s CDC wasted weeks of their time with a flawed coronavirus test: report
According to a report from the Washington Post, in the early days as health officials became concerned about the possibility of the COVID-19 pandemic blossoming out of China, researchers sat and wasted days they could have used to start developing a vaccine because they were assured by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that a testing kit was on its way.
As it turned out, that test was flawed.
Relying on emails and interviews, the Post is reporting, "On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon be a test to detect a mysterious virus spreading from China. Stephen Lindstrom told them the threat was remote and they may not need the test his team was developing 'unless the scope gets much larger than we anticipate,' according to an email summarizing the call."