Trump campaign asks Omarosa to pay $1M for ads to restore president's reputation, Internet says POTUS is 'broke'
Trump denied claims made by Omarosa in her book that called the president 'a racist, bigot and misogynist' as well as someone physically unwell and in 'mental decline'
The Trump campaign submitted a proposal demanding that former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman pay almost $1 million for ads which would be penance for her for making disparaging comments about the president in the 2018 book 'Unhinged,' according to a report. According to the New York Times, crisis management expert Eric W. Rose, who is an expert witness in the ongoing arbitrary case against Omarosa for violating a nondisclosure agreement when she wrote her tell-all, suggested the proposal.
President Donald Trump has previously said that claims like the POTUS is "a racist, a bigot and a misogynist," as well as someone physically unwell and in "mental decline" made by Omarosa in her book were not true. And presently, the Trump campaign has said it would cost more than $846,000 to restore their reelection candidate's reputation tarnished by the former aide. "It would be my recommendation that Ms. Manigault Newman pays for the corrective ads/corrective statements outlined above to counteract the long-term adverse effects of information that appeared as a result of Ms. Manigault Newman violating her confidentially agreement," Rose wrote, according to the Times report on Tuesday. "If corrective ads are not placed, voters may continue to hold beliefs about the president as a result of Ms. Manigault Newman's statements."
John Phillips, a lawyer for Omarosa, who has known Trump the last 14 years, called the new document "weaponized litigation." He added that he was pretty confident that the campaign wouldn't be able to prove Omarosa's comments resulted in a loss of donations as they had raised over $1 billion. "Friday, we found out their bullets are commercials they want Omarosa to go do," Phillips, said. "This isn't free speech. It's speech with a gun to your head."
A legal adviser to Trump's reelection campaign has claimed that that the nearly $1 million wouldn't be a contribution to the campaign. "The report evidences the extent of damages suffered by the Trump campaign as a direct result of Ms. Manigault Newman's breach of her unambiguous contractual obligations," Jenna Ellis said. However, campaign legal experts disagreed. "In my opinion, it would be an illegally large in-kind contribution to the Trump campaign," Paul S. Ryan, the vice president for policy and litigation at the good-government group Common Cause, said.
Meanwhile, people on social media suggested ways in which the Trump campaign can spend the million dollars if they manage to win the proposal and make Omarosa pay. "I recommend (sic) that the Trump campaign pay me a hundred squillion dollars for the emotional distress they have caused me in the last four years," one user wrote, while another said, "Sure when the Trump administration repays the American people the $300 million they spent on an ad campaign to make the American people 'feel better' about the pandemic. Out of our stimulus money, no less. #TrumpVirusDeathToll220K #BidenHarris"
I reccomend that the Trump campaign pay me a hundred squillion dollars for the emotional distress they have caused me in the last four years— 10 thousand spooooooooks (@the_usual_guff) October 13, 2020
Sure when the Trump administration repays the American people the $300 million they spent on an ad campaign to make the American people "feel better" about the pandemic.— Blanche Knox ⁷ KPOP AGENT EXTRAORDINAIRE (@BlancheKnox5) October 14, 2020
Out of our stimulus money, no less.#TrumpVirusDeathToll220K #BidenHarris https://t.co/rZvY3VuJdX
Others wondered if the Trump campaign was running out of money if they were counting on Omarosa to fill their pockets. "The campaign must be broke if it needs Omarosa to buy their ads for them" one of them wrote, while another user commented, "'From January 2019 to July 2020, Trump raised $1.1 billion, but has already spent $800 million.' There are a few stories abt how the campaign is broke, & abt hundreds of millions have been 'masked' illegally."
The campaign must be broke if it needs Omarosa to buy their ads for them— Irony Is Dead (@IronyDead) October 13, 2020
“From January 2019 to July 2020, Trump raised $1.1 billion, but has already spent $800 million.” There are a few stories abt how the campaign is broke, & abt hundreds of millions have been “masked” illegally. https://t.co/8JXxUS32Eg— circe le femme (@CerseiLe) October 14, 2020