I haven’t commented on Omarosa Manigault Newman’s upcoming book about the Trump White House because, frankly, I don’t think it’s worthy of comment. The anti-Trump media, who ridiculed her when she defended him (saying she knew him personally and he was not a racist) are giving her tons of fawning publicity now that she’s turned on him (she claims she knows him personally, and he’s a big racist.)
I always assumed she was someone who got a White House position primarily because Trump either liked her personally or he needed staffers, didn’t want the usual DC insiders and had a limited pool of people he knew and trusted who would take the jobs. She came in with a reputation mostly for creating drama and drawing attention to herself, and she seems to be continuing those habits. The book is getting a lot of attention in some quarters for its incendiary claims, but it’s not even out yet, and the handful of reporters who still put journalistic integrity ahead of getting Trump are already poking it full of more holes than a carload of Swiss cheese.
A few examples: she claims there is a tape of Trump saying racist things on the set of “The Apprentice,” but her story keeps changing (in one version, she admits she hasn’t even heard the alleged tape.) The book claims Trump fought with the chief usher over installing a tanning bed in the White House (a senior official says there is no tanning bed and one has never been requested.) The book says that Omarosa heard from someone that pollster Frank Luntz heard Trump use the “N-word.” Luntz calls that “flat-out false;” he says he never heard such a thing nor said it, and nobody even contacted him to vet the claim before publishing it. And Kellyanne Conway’s husband George, an outspoken Trump critic, refuted a claim that Trump made a racist comment about him, noting that it allegedly happened six months after Omarosa left the White House. He called the story “absurd all around.” The White House dismissed the book as “a disgruntled former…employee trying to profit off these false attacks.”
This seems to be the latest example of how anything that badmouths Trump enough will sell to people who are desperate to hear anybody badmouth Trump (look at all the Emmy nominations that trend scored for late night “comedy” show hosts.) Liberal media outlets told us that we shouldn’t take Omarosa seriously when she praised candidate Trump and swore he was not racist. They told us not to take her seriously when she worked in the White House. Now that she’s saying bad things about him that don’t hold up to the slightest factual scrutiny, we’re supposed to take her seriously? Sorry, guys: your bias is showing.
Incidentally, this is not in any way meant to downplay the seriousness of racism. I grew up in the South during the Civil Rights era. I saw the evils of racism first hand, and felt intense admiration for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s peaceful civil rights crusade. As a Christian and a former pastor whose congregation included people of all races, I believe that racism is far more than a character flaw. It is an evil and one of the worst possible sins to believe that any fellow human being is inherently inferior to yourself, when we are all made in the image of God. If you are pro-life and believe that every life is sacred, then you cannot be a racist and believe that some lives are less sacred than others.
It’s become all too easy and common for people to throw that accusation around for cheap political gain, without regard for the seriousness of the charge or the divisive effect on society. But it is precisely because racism is such a pernicious evil that making a false accusation of it is among the worst forms of slander. By all means, if there is real racism, point it out so that it may be rooted out. But make sure you know the facts before you make the charge. Otherwise, you are playing with fire, and a lot of innocent people can get burned.