Manigault first gained notoriety as a shrewd and cunning contestant on the reality television show, before Trump hired her to work on his 2016 presidential campaign and in the White House.
Manigault told Matthews on Monday that former Apprentice producer Bill Pruitt played a role in uncovering the so-called n-word audio recording, which she allegedly listened to second-hand. Manigault has also alleged others, including political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz, have heard the president use the n-word, as well.
Shortly after Manigault’s appearance on Hardball, senior Trump official Lynne Patton took to Twitter to set the record straight, becoming the latest to debunk her disgruntled co-worker’s salacious claims.
“Tonight, on the MSNBC program, Hardball, Omarosa revealed to the public what she had told me last December: that former Apprentice producer, Bill Pruitt, was the original source of the ‘N-word’ tape. Bill Pruitt is a mutual friend. I just spoke to Bill Pruitt tonight before releasing this statement,” Patton wrote.
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