Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘Can’t Guarantee’ Trump Hasn’t Used ‘N-Word’

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It was a relatively simple question from NBC News’ Kristen Welker.

“Can you stand at the podium and guarantee the American people will never hear Donald Trump utter the ‘n-word’ on a recording in any context?” Welker asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during Tuesday afternoon’s briefing.

“I can’t guarantee anything,” Sanders replied, “but I can tell you that the president addressed this question directly. I can tell you that I’ve never heard it. I can also tell you that if myself or the people that are in this building serving this country every single day doing our very best to serve our country and make it better, if at any point we felt that the president was who some of his critics claim him to be, we certainly wouldn’t be here.”

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Stephen Colbert Not the Least Bit Surprised by Omarosa’s Trump ‘N-Word’ Reveal

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“Yet another close advisor to President Trump has betrayed him,” announced Stephen Colbert at the top of The Late Show Monday night.  

Yes, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a former reality-TV villain on The Apprentice who eventually served as a senior aide to President Trump, has become the latest confidant—following Billy Bush, Michael Cohen and Stuttering John—to secretly record conversations with the man who’s not only proclaimed he “only hires the best people,” but repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton over her email security.

No one really knew what Omarosa was up to in the White House other than planning her big wedding, but apparently now they have their answer: she was recording private convos with the likes of Trump and chief of staff John Kelly so as to hawk a tell-all book, Unhinged, when she was inevitably fired from her West Wing gig.

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Stephen Colbert Not the Least Bit Surprised by Omarosa’s Trump ‘N-Word’ Reveal

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“Yet another close advisor to President Trump has betrayed him,” announced Stephen Colbert at the top of The Late Show Monday night.  

Yes, Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a former reality-TV villain on The Apprentice who eventually served as a senior aide to President Trump, has become the latest confidant—following Billy Bush, Michael Cohen and Stuttering John—to secretly record conversations with the man who’s not only proclaimed he “only hires the best people,” but repeatedly hammered Hillary Clinton over her email security.

No one really knew what Omarosa was up to in the White House other than planning her big wedding, but apparently now they have their answer: she was recording private convos with the likes of Trump and chief of staff John Kelly so as to hawk a tell-all book, Unhinged, when she was inevitably fired from her West Wing gig.

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Omarosa Tells NPR She Heard Trump ‘N-Word Tape,’ Contradicting Her Own Tell-All Book

Omarosa’s book isn’t even on shelves yet and she’s already out here contradicting herself.

In an interview with NPR, Omarosa claimed she heard — with her own ears — Donald Trump use the N-word on the set of ‘The Apprentice.’

In her book, Unhinged, she says the opposite.

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“Hearing it changed everything for me,” former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman told NPR on Friday.

Manigault Newman was referring to what she calls the “N-word tape” — a long-rumored but never surfaced tape of Donald Trump on the set of The Apprentice allegedly using the racial slur.

In her interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin, Manigault Newman claims to have heard the tape and heard Trump using that slur on the tape.

But that’s not what it says in her tell-all book, Unhinged, due out on Tuesday.

When asked by Martin about the discrepancy during the interview, Manigault Newman insisted Martin must not have read the book (she had) and pointed to a section at the very end of it.

But in that section, Manigault Newman doesn’t actually describe hearing the tape. She writes of calling one of her “sources” who had a lead on the “N-word tape.”

“Incredibly, this person – who shall remain nameless – picked up the phone.

We spoke.

On this phone conversation, I was told exactly what Donald Trump said – yes, the N-word and others in a classic Trump-goes-nuclear rant – and when he’d said them.

During production he was miked, and there is definitely an audio track.

For over a year I’d been so afraid of hearing the specifics from someone who’d been in the room. Hearing the truth freed me from that fear. And only now that it’s gone, do I realize just how heavy it’s been.”

During the interview with Martin, Manigault Newman read the section aloud, then insisted it described her hearing the tape rather than what the words on the page state, which is that she heard an account of what was on the tape. “I heard the tape,” she said when pressed.

Her search for the N-word tape is a core piece of the narrative Manigault Newman weaves in Unhinged, a memoir that covers her time on the reality TV program The Apprentice that starred the future president, then the 2016 Trump campaign and the White House. This discrepancy in her account of hearing the tape may cast doubt on other claims in the book, many of which are explosive.

In Unhinged, Manigault Newman writes as both a Trump world insider, overjoyed at his election, and as a voice of the liberal resistance airing concerns about his rhetoric, policies and mental state.

At this point someone needs to get their hands on those tapes and release them. We doubt it’ll change anything, but at least we’ll know the truth.

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Exclusive Interview with Man Who Alleges Sean Spicer Called Him N-Word

A video went viral this week after a black man angrily confronted former White House press secretary Sean Spicer at a bookstore.

The video shows Spicer seated, signing copies of his new book at a bookstore in Middletown, Rhode Island. A black man standing a few feet away suddenly calls out to him and says, “Remember you tried to fight me?” Others in the store start chuckling—perhaps thinking the two were engaging in playful banter. Then the man says, “But you called me a nigger first” and the crowd’s mood instantly changes.



The black man in the video is Alex Lombard. He is accusing Sean Spicer of calling him the n-word and with trying to attack him when they both were high school students at Portsmouth Abbey, a boarding school in Rhode Island. In an interview with Black Enterprise, he goes into detail about his memory of Spicer, his subsequent conversation with the former press secretary after the incident, and why he felt the need for the confrontation.

“The first week I was [at Portsmouth Abbey] I was coming to chapel like we had to do every morning,” Lombard recalls. “I’m just walking and I hear somebody screaming ‘What is that f—–g nigger doing here?”

Lombard says he then looked to his left and saw someone running at him at full sprint, someone he insists was Sean Spicer. At the time, Lombard was a sophomore and Spicer, a junior.

“A couple of other students grabbed him and stopped him and he was screaming something else. That was really, basically it. I was frozen,” Lombard remembers. “I was scared; it frightened me. There were at least 20 to 30 other people out there—all of us walking. Everybody had on sports jackets, ties, shirts. I just made my way back to the dorm.”

Spicer, who is denying the incident took place, says he has plans to sue the Associated Press for reporting on the heated exchange at the bookstore.

“That’s a classic Trump move; suing the media,” says Lombard. His recollection is quite detailed about what took place at his school that day many years ago and his account comes across as credible. Lombard says Spicer even called him after the bookstore confrontation, and suspects he got his number from a mutual friend of theirs.

“He called me from a blocked number. The incident happened Friday…he called me Saturday evening.”

“When he called he was at the cusp of apologizing. He was right there at the threshold and he sounded extremely apologetic on the phone but he would not admit that was him,” Lombard says. “He said you are trying to hurt me because of your political [beliefs]—he said why are you waiting years later to do this, why now, am I over it, can I get over this?”

He says that the call ended on a peaceful note with Spicer somewhat bizarrely praising him with “you handled that situation better than a lot of people.”

Spicer, of course, is notorious for his combativeness during White House press briefings. Bullying in his youth seems to be in line with the behavior he exhibited during these briefings, including the time he “lambasted reporters with accusations of false reporting on the size of the crowds during the inauguration,” as per The Boston Globe.  His old boss has raised bullying to an art form. The president and those currently and formerly in his circle seem to adhere to the idea of strong-arming as a form of governing.

Even in his new memoir, The Briefing, critics observe that Spicer retains a pugnacious tone. “He rummages through the mistakes of major news outlets during the Trump era. The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News, CNN, and others are criticized for false reports or suspect claims, such as the time Spicer stood accused—falsely, he says—of expropriating a mini-refrigerator from junior staff members,” writes Erik Wemple for The Washington Post.

Still, Lombard, now married and a teacher and adviser at a community college, insists his action at the bookstore was not politically motivated and that accosting Spicer made him “absolutely” feel better  “I was just waiting to get [this] off my chest. I had been emailing [Spicer] on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and he never responded. This was nothing ever political, this was some townie stuff, you know what I mean? This was personal. We live in the same town and maybe it wasn’t the best forum I chose to confront him, but I was upset.”

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GOP Lawmaker Jason Spencer Strips Down, Screams ‘N-Word’ on Sacha Baron Cohen’s ‘Who Is America?’

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This past week, Jason Spencer, a Republican state representative from Georgia, revealed that Sacha Baron Cohen had tricked him into shouting “provocative language” during what he thought was a real anti-terrorism training video. Now we know that “provocative language” was the N-word.

The shouting of racial slurs by Spencer, who was recently defeated in a GOP primary after serving four controversial terms, was just one of several unnerving moments from the most outrageous segment in the second episode of Showtime’s Who Is America? Week two of this news-making show also featured former Vice President Dick Cheney signing a “waterboard kit,” Ted Koppel arguing about the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd and The Bachelor’s Corinne Olympios gamely pretending that she helped clean up the Ebola crisis in Africa.

In last week’s premiere, we saw some pretty gullible gun rights advocates fall for Baron Cohen’s deception. But even arguing that toddlers should be armed with guns is nothing compared to the behavior the comedian elicited from Spencer, admittedly a far less prominent and powerful figure than people like Cheney or Bernie Sanders.

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D.L. Hughley Rips ‘Horrible’ Papa John’s Founder, Says Using N-Word is Costly

D.L. Hughley’s joining the ranks of some other celebs and athletes to say good riddance to John Schnatter, and says he isn’t surprised ‘Papa John’ used a racial slur … because he’s a “horrible dude.” We got the comedian at LAX Saturday and asked…

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Papa John’s plans to pull founder John Schnatter’s image from marketing materials following reports he used a racial slur. The decision was made by top executives but details of the change have not been worked out, according to a person inside the company with knowledge of the decision who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly. The…
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Cambridge Analytica CEO Called Black Clients ‘N-Word’ In Leaked Emails

Alexander Nix, the embattled chief executive of Cambridge Analytica used racial slurs to describe two of his potential black clients in an email.

Much has been written about 42-year old Nix, whose political consulting firm is now in the middle of a political scandal that has seen debates about privacy laws and cybersecurity rise to levels not seen since Edward Snowden.

The Times of London published a story on Wednesday revealing that Nix referred to two of his potential black clients as “n***ers” in an internal email obtained by the Times of London

Cambridge Analytica suspended Nix on Tuesday after an undercover investigation by Britain’s Channel 4 showed Nix and his colleagues boasting on camera about their election work around the world entrapping politicians with bribes and sex workers.

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For a while, there have been stories swirling in the media about Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential elections without concrete evidence. Last weekend, however, The New York Times and The Guardian published interviews with Christopher Wylie, a former contractor at Cambridge Analytica who claimed to have hijacked tens of millions of Facebook profiles in order to target the American electorate.

“We ‘broke’ Facebook,” 28-year old Wylie told the Guardian. “I’ll point out that I assumed it was entirely legal and above board.”

“It’s like dirty MI6 because you’re not constrained. There’s no having to go to a judge to apply for permission. It’s normal for a ‘market research company’ to amass data on domestic populations. And if you’re working in some country and there’s an auxiliary benefit to a current client with aligned interests, well that’s just a bonus.”

Facebook’s Role

Facebook had only 20 million users when it opened up its platform to third-party developers in 2007.

“Until now, social networks have been closed platforms. Today, we’re going to end that,” Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg said at the time.

Over the years, with access to Facebook’s tools and a treasure trove of personal user data, developers were able to build online games, quizzes, and even dating apps. It was part of how the social media giant was able to grow its user base.

One such company is Global Science Research (GSR), a company which the Guardian said is “specifically premised on the harvesting and processing of Facebook data so that it could be matched to personality traits and voter rolls.”

Cambridge Analytica illegally obtained from Global Science Research (GSR) private Facebook information on tens of millions of users which were then used to develop “psychographic” profiles on voters.

“Facebook could see it was happening,” Wylie told the Guardian. “Their security protocols were triggered because Kogan’s apps were pulling this enormous amount of data, but apparently [Aleksandr] Kogan (a senior data scientist for GSR) told them it was for academic use. So they were like, ‘Fine’.”

Many countries already have strict privacy laws in place that prohibit the sale of users’ personal data to a third party without consent, so how did Facebook drop the ball? According to the Times, Kogan had permission to pull the user data from Facebook, but only for academic purposes only.

“Kogan was able to throw money at the hard problem of acquiring personal data: he advertised for people who were willing to be paid to take a personality quiz on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Qualtrics. At the end of which Kogan’s app, called thisismydigitallife, gave him permission to access their Facebook profiles. And not just theirs, but their friends’ too. On average, each “seeder”—the people who had taken the personality test, around 320,000 in total—unwittingly gave access to at least 160 other people’s profiles, none of whom would have known or had reason to suspect.”

Privacy Laws

The real scandal, however, isn’t what Cambridge Analytica did, it’s what Facebook made possible, Slate opined.

“In short, the outrage now directed at Facebook feels disproportionate to the company’s culpability in this specific episode,” Will Oremus wrote in his column.

Sensational as it sounds, however, the Cambridge Analytica scandal doesn’t indict Facebook in quite the way it might seem. It reveals almost nothing about the social network or its data policies that wasn’t already widely known, and there’s little evidence of blatant wrongdoing by Facebook or its employees. It’s also far from clear what impact, if any, the ill-gotten personal data had on the election’s outcome.

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today introduced the Data Accountability and Trust Act (DATA) that would require companies that own or possess data containing personal information to “establish specified security policies and procedures to treat and protect such information.”

His bill isn’t new though. Rush has been pushing the DATA Act since 2009.

“If my bill were law today, Facebook users would have learned far earlier that their data was being improperly used and weaponized,” Rush said. “Instead of misrepresenting their intent, Cambridge Analytica would have had to get authorization to use and sell this sort of data and both them and Facebook—who has yet to officially notify its users—would be financially liable for their irresponsible and deceptive behavior.”

The DATA Act will specifically require notification from companies within 30 days following a breach and must clarify whether the unauthorized acquisition, access, or sale of data constitutes a breach.

What Now

Fan Yuan, along with a number of undisclosed investors who invested in Facebook between Feb. 3, 2017, and March 19, 2018, has filed a federal suit in San Francisco, according to CNN.

The lawsuit claims Facebook withheld information that it allowed third parties to access data on millions of people without their consent and that the social media giant made false and misleading statements about its policies.

“As a result of Defendants’ wrongful acts and omissions, and the precipitous decline in the market value of the Company’s common shares, Plaintiff and other Class members have suffered significant losses and damages,” the lawsuit said.

Facebook has also suspended Cambridge Analytica after reports that the firm harvested and retained the personal data of 50 million social media users without their knowledge or permission.

On Thursday, Zuckerberg was summoned by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify on Capitol Hill.

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Normalization Of The N-Word; Nobody Gets A Pass

Several years ago, National Action Network and I came out strongly against use of the n-word in any context by anyone. We took the firm position that any racially disparaging term must never be accepted or normalized in society. We marched in front of major record labels, and protested against Don Imus who lost his TV and radio shows after I and others demanded accountability for his use of derogatory and inflammatory language. We stepped in when Rush Limbaugh was attempting to buy an NFL team franchise (after making all kinds of disparaging comments), and we have been outspoken on this issue even when others did not stand with us. Yes, a lot of people – including Black rappers – attacked our position, but we remained steadfast. Despite my tremendous respect and personal friendship with Bill Maher, I must now hold him accountable as well. Maher should know better. And since he does, he ought to be dealt with accordingly.

Earlier in the week, we learned that someone scrawled the n-word at the gate of the home of NBA player LeBron James. “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being Black in America is tough,” James said. “And we got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African-Americans, until we feel equal in America.” He is 100 percent correct. For Maher to use that same exact word the same week is beyond reprehensible. To think that it’s OK to joke around and use that term is either insensitive or arrogant, or both.

Just because Maher is liberal and a friend, does not mean he gets to say such a hateful term.

Words have tremendous power. As a comedian, commentator and host of his own weekly show, Maher knows this just as well as anyone. He knows the power and influence that he yields in shaping public discourse and opinions. The fact that he thought he somehow earned a pass for him to say those words is simply outrageous and unacceptable. That is why NAN and I call for an immediate meeting with HBO to discuss this very grave matter. Just because Maher is liberal and a friend, does not mean he gets to say such a hateful term; there must be one standard. If we use the language of desecration, it normalizes the socialization of desecrating a people of goods, services and human and civil rights.

The n-word has a long history of hate, murder, violence, oppression and terror associated with it. People forget that even in the not-so-distant past, it was used to delegitimize an entire group and deny them voting rights, fair housing, jobs, access to upward mobility and so much more. Today, it is still being used to target, harm and attack folks no matter how successful or famous they are. We cannot accept usage of this term even when it is in the context of a bad joke. A joke, I might add, that made reference to ‘working in the fields’. There is no misconstruing what the subject matter was here. Maher should be ashamed.

I will be the first one to admit that I myself have said it in the past, but as I have stated publicly, I began to understand the power of words years ago and how they can dehumanize, marginalize and exploit people in many ways. This is precisely why NAN and I have been so vocal on this issue for the past decade, and we have no plans of ceasing our work now. At a time when people of color are still being killed in hate crimes, nooses are found in places like the National Museum of African American History and Culture, attacks are taking place across the country and the n-word itself is spray-painted at the home of an NBA star, we must loudly condemn the acceptance of the use of this abhorrent word.

Friends told me this morning that if you take this position you may never be on Maher’s show again (and I have been on frequently). My response is simply this: should Bill be on that show again?

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Why ‘Empire’ Uses The F-Word But Not The N-Word

There has been some discussion around the slurs used on “Empire.” At a panel at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, Saturday, the TV drama’s co-creator Danny Strong talked about forbidden language on network TV, explaining why writers avoided a racial epithet for black people but used one for gay men.

Terrence Howard, the show’s star, had come out saying using the former is needed to make the show more authentic. “I’m mad that we don’t say n– in the show,” he told Entertainment Weekly in February. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n– every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

Strong insisted that was not necessary. “It’s not a documentary about hip-hop,” he said Saturday, addressing Howard’s comments. “It’s a soap opera that takes place in the hip-hop world.”

Toward the end of the panel, an audience member asked Strong why he felt comfortable using a particular gay slur, if the N-word was off-limits in the writer’s room. In the scene in question, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) shouts at Lucious (Terrence Howard). “I want to show you a f– really can run this company,” she says, referencing their gay son Jamal (Jussie Smollett) taking control of the company.

“That was really important to [co-creator] Lee [Daniels], in particular, who is gay,” Strong said. “The idea is that she is throwing his homophobia back in his face… So to use one of the most offensive slurs is a powerful way to do that.”

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