That new tell-some book about the Trump White House by former reality celebrity Omarosa Manigault Newman is not only getting bad book reviews but also bad reviews from fellow blacks.
This despite her scorching, possibly true portrayal of her 11 months as a Trump aide in “Unhinged,” including secret tape recordings of meetings there.
“There is absolutely no way she can redeem herself,” said Raynard Jackson, a black GOP political strategist. “Who is going to trust her ever again?”
“Her tell-all mea culpa won’t win her any brownie points with most blacks,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, who wrote “Why Black Lives Do Matter.” ″Their loathing of Omarosa is virtually frozen in stone. She’s still roundly lambasted as a two-bit opportunist, a racial sellout and an ego driven hustler.”
As smoothly described by Associated Press writers Jesse Holland and Darlene Superville, criticism of Omarosa among fellow African Americans focuses on her one-time defense of the president during a White House stint that ended with a firing last December.
Neither now have anything nice to say about each other. “I don’t want to see a race war,” she said during her non-stop book publicity tour, “as Donald Trump does.”
She now calls Trump a racist and he calls her a dog. Her numerous media appearances and Trump’s frequent Twitter trash-talk back have driven the book to No. 2 on Amazon’s list.
David Canfield reviewed the book for Entertainment Weekly, calling it “the logical next step in our collective, steep, seemingly endless descent toward disgrace.”
“Whether Manigault Newman is a savvy con artist developing her next act in entertainment,” he said, “or a lost soul helplessly seeking retribution is irrelevant.”
A N.Y. Times reviewer called her “an amoral, dishonest, mercenary grifter.”
Matthew Walther at The Week wrote: “The biggest problem with ‘Unhinged’ is not that it is ultimately a shaggy-dog story or that it is full of bad writing and atrociously edited, but simply that it is not convincing.”