Ever since Trump announced his candidacy for President, rumors have swirled that he had been recorded using the N-word during his work on ‘The Apprentice’. While no recording has yet been released, a new book by former White House aide and reality TV star Omarosa Manigualt Newman has brought such allegations back to the surface.
While Manigualt Newman’s claims that Trump did in fact use the highly offensive word, were met with backlash from Republicans and Democrats alike, a new recording just obtained by CBS lends credence to such claims.
The recording, obtained by CBS this morning, which can be heard below, shows Trump’s former campaign spokesperson, and current senior adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, Katrina Pearson, stating unequivocally that Trump did in fact use the offensive word. The conversation was one between Manigualt Newman, Pearson, and Lynne Patton, then-assistant to Eric Trump.
POTUS says former White House staffer @Omarosa lied when she called him a racist who has said the N-word on tape. But a new recording, obtained by @CBSNews overnight, seems to back up Omarosa’s story that several Trump advisers discussed an alleged tape during the 2016 campaign. pic.twitter.com/tV3R6P2TvE
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 14, 2018
“I am trying to find at least what context it was used in to help us maybe try to figure out a way to spin it,” Pierson is heard saying in regards to allegations that Trump used the N-word.
Patton then described a conversation she had with then-candidate Trump about making the slur.
Patton: “I said, ‘Well, sir, can you think of anytime where this happened?’ And he said, ‘no.'”
Omarosa: “Well, that is not true.”
Patton: “He goes, how do you think I should handle it and I told him exactly what you just said, Omarosa, which is well, it depends on what scenario you are talking about. And he said, well, why don’t you just go ahead and put it to bed.”
Pierson: “He said. No, he said it. He is embarrassed by it.”
While this may not be a smoking gun that such a word was used and possibly recorded, this tape does show that several people within the Trump camp believed that the word was in fact used by now-President Donald Trump.