Many a former Trump supporter has denounced Donald Trump’s actions in recent weeks, as his claims that the election was stolen from him and that he will be using any means necessary to get a recount, have become more fantastical.
One of those former Trump supporters is Omarosa Manigault Newman, a controversial figure and a former Apprentice contestant who even worked in the White House for a brief period. In an interview earlier this week, Omarosa said that she thinks president Trump is going through “a psychotic episode” over his loss of the election to Joe Biden.
She made these remarks during an interview with Alex Witt of MSNBC about Trump and about her plans for the next year – Omarosa said that Trump’s ego can’t accept that he won’t be president from January onwards.
“I think Donald Trump is going through a psychotic episode. I think that he has come to terms with his loss, but his arrogance, his ego will not allow him to accept that he is not going to be president come January."
“But this is not 'The Apprentice', this is not a reality show. The American people need true leadership, not a reality TV host, which Donald Trump is reverting to."
Omarosa was a contestant on the first season of the Apprentice, which was Trump’s most famous reality TV show and where he made his claim to fame. Newman was a prominent Trump supporter during his election campaign and was a White House liaison for several months in 2017. She was fired from her position in December of the same year, and went on to publish a memoir called Unhinged, which was about her time in the Trump administration.
Her criticisms of President Trump – and his administration – have been ongoing since she left the White House, and Omarosa has been releasing secret recordings of meetings at the White House since 2018, when her book was published. During the press tour for that book, she said that Trump was a racist and that he was trying to undermine American democracy.
Trump had lashed out at Omarosa previously, calling her a ‘dog’ and other derogatory language on Twitter. But Newman’s former insider status – as well as her brief tenure at the White House – also gave her a glimpse into what is more and more likely to happen as January 20th, the day of the inauguration, looms ever nearer.
“He’s going to turn to anyone and blame everyone for his loss except for himself."