During a speech at the White House last November, 71-year-old Donald Trump awkwardly reached for a bottle of water. Then he used both hands to drink it. It looked as if Trump had a small episode of some kind.
“I found it worrisome,” wrote Omarosa Manigault Newman, an assistant who had known him for nearly 15 years. “I believe that Donald Trump is physically ill. His terrible health habits have caught up with him.”
He’s obese, doesn’t exercise, eats junk food, has daily tanning bed sessions and drinks up to 8 cans of Diet Coke a day. When she first met him on The Apprentice in 2003, he was svelte and weighed 30 pounds less.
She estimates that over the last 15 years he’s poured 43,800 cans of Diet Coke into his system. Omarosa thinks it gave him dementia, based on a Boston University study linking diet soda to brain damage.
This is just one of the stories she tells in Unhinged, her nasty, trashy tell-all book about her time in the presidential campaign and the White House. Progressives will enjoy 334 pages of satisying Schadenfreude written by a woman scorned.
During the 2017 Lester Holt interview with Trump, “He rambled. He spoke gibberish. He contradicted himself from one sentence to the next,” she writes. “I realized that something real and serious was going on in Donald’s brain. His mental decline could not be denied,” she writes.
What a treat it is to read about all these a**holes getting their just deserts. She was fired last December and the book is her self-justifying, spiteful vengeance. It’s vindictive gossip by a parasite about a parasite. You’ve heard the news, and now you can read the trash talk from behind the scenes.
To be sure, Omarosa is a treacherous opportunist. She is self-deluded, self-pandering and despised by Black people as a sellout. She was created on reality TV and will slither there for the rest of her life.
But the book is wonderful fun. Did you know that Melania is counting every minute until he is out of office so she can divorce him? When Trump tries to hold her hand in public, she slaps it away.
She uses style to punish him — like the time she visited migrant children at the Texas-Mexico border last June, and Melania wore a jacket with the phrase “I really don’t care, do u?” She did it to create a controversy that Trump would have to fix, ruining the trip. She was forced to go to the border and made sure that no one will ask her to do something like that again.
Vice President Mike Pence is also biding his time until Trump is impeached or resigns. “He is definitely a swamp creature, opening the White House doors to lobbyists and being controlled by donors of his various campaigns.” But if he became president, “we would be begging for the days of Trump back.”
Betsy DeVos “is just as horrible as you suspect she is.” Trump calls her Ditzy DeVos. Don Jr. is a sleazy nitwit who cheated on his pregnant wife and is terrified of his father. “What a f**kup,” his father says.
Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway is a “calculating creature” a “chameleon” who would “shill for Trump in extensive fashion, and then she would get off the air, the camera would be turned off, the microphone would be taken off, and she would say, ‘Blech. I need to take a shower!’”
When press secretary Anthony Scaramucci was fired, he went into his White House office and started crying. “One of the assistants saw and heard the whole thing. She described it as “a girly cry” — a high-pitched plaintive wail.
The White House is a cult, with followers sabotaging each other and advancing their own personal interests. “Many people in Trumpworld are side hustling every which way to Sunday. It’s what they do.”
Trump is a perv
The juciest stories are about Trump. He’s a pervert with his daughter. “I’d observed the way he hugs, touches and kisses Ivanka; the way she calls him Daddy. In my opinion, based on my observations, their relationship goes up to the line of appropriate father/daughter behavior and jumps right over it. I believe he covets his daughter. It’s uncomfortable to watch them carry on.”
Oh, and Ivanka has the worst potty mouth.
Trump decided to run for president when Barack Obama made fun of him at the 2011 White House Correspondents’ dinner. “It was in that moment, in that room, that Donald Trump made the decision…that he would take his revenge on Obama’s humiliating him in front of all those influential people. I was there to witness it.” She adds, “the only item on his to-do list would be to erase the legacy of Barack Obama by undoing his policies.” (Jump to 3:00 in the video.)
Trump demands loyalty from others but doesn’t return it. When the Time magazine with Steve Bannon on the cover appeared, the cover line read, “The Great Manipulator.” “Donald lost his mind over this cover. He raged at Bannon at high volume in a room full of people, yelling, “He thinks he’s a manipulator? Thinks he’s so f**king smart? He thinks he can manipulate me? An idiot! An asshole!”
Trump gets furious a lot, referred to as “going nuclear.” He has a complete lack of empathy and is a narcissist. He has a “deep need for positive feedback, in-person affirmation of his greatness,” and “he can’t function unless everything is about him. He has to be at the center of everything.”
Trump demands loyalty, but he doesn’t give it. “A classic Trump move is to insult or criticize someone’s appearance or manner as soon as they left the room.”
He is vain and uses Propecia for hair loss and a rosacea drug.
When The Apprentice went live in 2004, Trump’s model was to create chaos and confusion. “Whenever there was a disagreement or an argument, his eyes lit up. He loved conflict, chaos, and confusion; he loved seeing people argue or fight.”
It continues today. “All we need to remember is that Trump loves the hate. He thrives on criticism and insults. He delights in chaos and confusion. Taking to Twitter to call him names only fuels him and riles his base.”
Will democracy survive Trump? Omaraosa thinks so, citing saboteurs in Trump’s own circle. “Rest assured that there is an army of people who oppose him and his policies. They are working silently and tirelessly to make sure he does not cause harm to the republic. Many in this silent army are in his party, his administration, and even in his own family.”