What a motley crew of clingers and random nuts there are around our current president.
A White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) says she was intimidated on a level that should have required the Secret Service step in, by a Trump communication official, Omarosa Manigault.
I honestly don’t know what Manigault’s qualifications are, other than I’ve seen her on several reality TV shows. One of them was Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
She’s also the nut who said before the election that every knee would bow to Trump.
From the Washington Post:
The reporter, April Ryan, said Manigault “physically intimidated” her in a manner that could have warranted intervention by the Secret Service.
Ryan also said Manigault made verbal threats, including the assertion that Ryan was among several journalists on whom Trump officials had collected “dossiers” of negative information.
Manigault, a onetime friend of Ryan’s, declined to address Ryan’s accusations on the record, offering only this emailed statement: “My comment: Fake news!” She did not specify what she considered false.
Because in this new age of Trumpism, anything inconvenient for us is “fake news.”
The incident went on outside of White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s office on Wednesday, with various White House staffers and Washington Post reporter Abby Phillip present.
The argument apparently stemmed from emails that Manigault sent to Ryan during the presidential campaign.
In October, Manigault sent Ryan an email raising questions about whether Ryan was being paid by Hillary Clinton’s campaign — a claim Ryan vigorously denies. Manigault included a link to an article from the Intercept, which covers national security issues.
According to the article, during the heat of the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton’s campaign went in search of journalists they could manipulate for positive coverage.
The campaign contained a list of TV surrogates who were already a part of the campaign, and a separate list of journalists the campaign hoped they’d be able to manipulate.
Ryan was on the second list, but never worked for Clinton.
Manigault shot several emails off to Ryan.
“This story suggests that as a reporter, you are (or were) a paid Clinton surrogate,” Manigault wrote in the email. “I pray this is not true! This could be hurtful to your legacy and the integrity of your work.”
Manigault sent a second email to Ryan a few minutes later. It read, “Protect your legacy!! You have worked too hard to have people question your ethics as a journalist. People talking trash about the reporters on that list having NO integrity. It’s hurtful to hear people say those things about you.”
So she was laying it on a bit thick, but Manigault and Ryan were actually friends, up until that point, so maybe she felt justified.
During their altercation, Ryan said Manigault told her that she was among several African American journalists who were the subject of White House “dossiers.” Manigault has previously said that Trump is keeping “a list” of opponents, though at the time she was referring to Republicans who voted against Trump.
Unbecoming behavior for the White House.
Unbecoming behavior for any house, but this is where we are, now.