Author: Omarosa Manigault Newman

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1-9821-0970-7

Curiosity got the better of me when I picked up a copy of Omarosa Manigault Newman's Unhinged:An Insider's Account of the Trump White House.

My initial thought concerning Omarosa had been was how could an intelligent woman be taken in by the cult of the Trump world? Did she sell herself to the devil in the hope that she could really make a difference helping the African-American community? Was she overestimating her importance? Was she taken in by the glitter of power and wealth? Was she overambitious?

Not very long into my reading where Omarosa, who no doubt anticipated these questions, requests of her readers that they hear her out and cast aside any of their prejudices they may have about her actions.
According to Omarosa, the simple answer to my complex question is that she stayed on because of her loyalty to Trump. She further explains: “he was one of the most famous men in America, a businessman I admired and wanted to emulate. I grew up poor and on public assistance, and I looked up to affluent figures like him. I desired to experience his extraordinary success for myself, to have a life of wealth and luxury. Donald Trump was uncannily intuitive and extremely perceptive.” Moreover, “Trump in 2018 was not the same man I knew in 2003, when I first met him.” Apparently, they had a great deal in common and she had a great deal to learn from him.

When writing about her experiences on the television reality series, The Apprentice, she describes them as a symbiotic relationship. “I gave him ratings, and he gave me, a woman of color, opportunities again and again, which, in turn gave him someone to point to and say, I'm not a racist misogynist! Look at all I've done for Omarosa!”

Omarosa does admit she had a blind spot and thus she could not see what she should have seen. In fact, at no point during their mutually profitable relationship did she stop to think that she was being used by Trump. The longer she stayed involved, the deeper was her loyalty to Trump and the bigger her blind spot became. She attributes this to the fact that Trump chooses people who are very loyal to him, who subscribe to his fame, charisma and his magnetism, and she happened to be one of the chosen. As she affirms: “I never stopped to ask myself what all this conflict meant for the future of our country. If I acknowledged my role in what was happening, I would have come to terms with nearly thirteen years of suppressed doubts and concerns about Donald Trump, and I was simply incapable of doing that at that point.” In a nutshell , Omarosa comes clean and blames being taken in by her loyalty, blind faith, naivety, and misplaced admiration for Trump.

The book divides itself into three sections, The Apprentice Years, The Campaign and The White House with a Prologue and an Epilogue. And if you expect to be privy to some information that has not been previously disclosed by the media, you will be disappointed, although we do learn a little about the famous tape where Trump was caught uttering the “N” word multiple times, which by the way, up to now, is still out there in someone's hands.

Although some parts of the book offer a more candid view of the chaos and conflict surrounding Trump, particularly the first days in the White House, a great deal of these descriptions has already been rehashed ad finitum in the media. What is quite interesting, however, is Omarosa's defense of Trump's rhetoric during the early days of the presidential campaign where she states that he is not “racist” but rather “racial.”

In the end, I was wondering what all the fuss was about when this supposedly tell- all book first came out? Why all the name calling by Trump and his cohorts? I guess it all boils down to the fact that Trump cannot stand that someone, who at one time pledged her allegiance and loyalty to him, turned against him when she was shown the door by his chief of staff, General Kelly. Then again, perhaps it is because that much of what she discloses, and according to her, can be verified due to her recording of conversations she had with several people who were not aware they were being recorded. Now the question is, when will all of these recordings be released, although we have heard the one where she is fired by General Kelly and a subsequent one where Trump sounds surprised that she was let go. Incidentally, Omarosa has recently stated that she is ready to testify at Trump's impeachment trial.