UNHINGED—A Look beyond the Book – By Yvonne Sam

UNHINGED—A Look beyond the Book.

By Yvonne Sam

The author has put to the test what she learnt from the best.

While her book may not be news her behavior certainly is. Omarosa Newman is doing no great favour for Black Americans or for that matter Blacks the world over.  The truth be told she can do herself a personal favour— –get hinged and quit while she’s slightly ahead. The former White House Staff member, learnt from the best as she once belonged to the lair of liars, and her recently released book UNHINGED—An Insider’s Account of the Trump’s White House, is written testimony of mastered skills.

The tell all mea culpa memoir paints a damning picture of President Trump, his habitual use of anti-black epithets, and claims the existence of tapes with him uttering the N-word as he filmed  the reality series– The  Apprentice on which she was a serial contestant.      

Omarosa who was the highest ranking African-American on the White House staff revealed that while employed at the White House she surreptitiously taped a number of conversations, with the President in the Oval Office, and the Chief of Staff in the Situation Room, one of the most secure rooms in the world, where the nation’s most closely guarded secrets can be discussed.  One cannot resist commending the skill with which she masterminded the release of these tapes so as to maximally damage the credibility of the White House just as it was in the process of trying to abrogate hers. Needless to say such behavior in the White House will make her a pariah in conservative circles, while critics and legal experts alike denounced it as a huge breach of security. Since being fired from the White House last December,  Newman has strategically dropped a series of ominous hints about her time spent there. The level of vitriol has increased as her tell all book is being promoted, with the author telling The Associated Press that the president is “a racist, a misogynist, a bigot.”  No new discovery here as the President’s personal history is literally a hedge of backward racial ideas, including the use of the term birtherism that heralded the commencement of his presidential campaign, his equating Mexicans with rapists, and later proclaiming that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, on account of his Hispanic heritage should not preside over the Trump University law suit, and his public racist remark on the Central Park Five deserving the death penalty  despite extensive DNA evidence exonerating them of guilt.

In his most not-so recent assail he questioned the intelligence of CNN host Don Lemon, California Democratic Representative Maxine Walters and Lebron James—all of whom are black. It is blatantly evident that the book in itself provides no new awakening, by giving first person affirmation that the President is really and truly what reasonable observers and the American public considers him to be , — a racist. Even if the book had been published prior to the elections the likelihood of it being a success, or purporting to be a benefit to Blacks would have been virtually nil. The President has been blessed with hard core supporters who have proven to be morally adaptable, and totally unconcerned about the multitude of his character failings. The public already knows what it needs to know or intractably believe regarding the president’s competence, fitness, moral stance and character; hence no new revelation lies within any of the lines, chapters or verse.

Now on the outside with all floodgates open Omarosa Manigault Newman is trying via the book  and black girl magic to rally the black forces in order to gain traction against Trump. Such a move calls for a closer look, as it should not be forgotten that she has been associated with Trump for more than a decade. During an interview with Michael Strahan of Good Morning America fame, following her firing from the White House, Omarosa said: “As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people.” sic.  This is her first deployment of “my people” almost as if it were an outrider of things to come.

Pics after pics show her standing faithfully by the side of the same president who she assuredly claims hurled insult after insult at Black people, and in addition she was publicly silent as Trump again and again attacked the American citizenship of previous president Barack Obama, insulted numerous minority groups and described some African nations as shithole countries. At the 2011 White House Correspondents Association Dinner, where Trump then considering a run for the presidency was mocked by Obama, Omarosa was reported as saying “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him”, words coming from the lips of the very same individual who is leading us in the race towards being convinced that Trump is really a racist. The marriage of Omarosa Newman and Florida based pastor John Allen Newman took place April 8, 2017 at the Old Post Pavilion in Donald Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., a stone’s throw from the White House.

Omarosa is indirectly assisting making America great again, except that she is trying to do it her way.  She has followed in the footstep of her teacher.  She achieved fame  as a contestant on the show – The Apprentice run by her  mentor, where with the adroitness of a Shakespearean villain she lied, cheated, backstabbed while ruthlessly advancing her own interests and  sabotaging her rivals. Such behavior certainly met the admiration of the President, for he insisted on bringing her into the administration as a top-level adviser, even with her known utter lack of experience and qualifications. In the book, Newman clearly infers that she joined Trump’s campaign — despite the reservations she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor — after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign fell through and left her feeling disregarded. As the highest-profile African-American on the White House staff, she pushed back on accusations that Trump was racist. She writes that Trump and his campaign were “eager for my help” and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a “high level.” And, “since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be ‘no harm, no foul’ for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted,” she wrote.

Omarosa is playing out exactly who she was on The Apprentice, while Donald Trump is reaping exactly what he taught her to do. She is serving him in the same plate in which he served her, hoping that he recognizes the utensil.  Meanwhile Blacks are in no way taken aback, as a clear message she did send – that she was merely fulfilling her own end. Trump’s poem about the snake once again has a familiar take.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 19, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Excellent analysis. Reality TV on the national stage.

  • Albert  On August 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Informed piece Ms Sam. Shows you are keeping up with current affairs.

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