‘Gold digger’: Omarosa finds little support after joining lawsuit against Trump campaign for pay discrimination

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Former White House aide turned gossip queen Omarosa Manigault-Newman has asked to join a dubious pay discrimination lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign.

“While I strongly suspected I was subjected to pay discrimination while with the Trump campaign, I have since seen expert analysis confirming this to be true,” Manigault-Newman, who starred in several seasons of the president’s former TV series “The Apprentice,” reportedly said in a statement Monday without actually citing any experts. “The numbers don’t lie.”

While the suit pertains specifically to her work with Trump’s campaign as its director of African-American outreach — not her work later as an assistant to the president and the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison — she referenced her latter work as well.

“I’ve never witnessed such egregious violations as I did during my time under the leadership of Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” she said, though again she cited no examples.

She concluded by saying, “I am joining this effort for women and minorities to help level the playing field in the political arena between men and women. It is time for all of us to blow the whistle on the wrongdoings of this campaign.”

The announcement drew immediate criticism from both the left and the right. The left mocked her for having worked for the Trump campaign and administration in the first place, while the right noted that complaints of wage discrimination are almost always fraudulent.

Some also accused her of being an attention-seeking “gold digger.”


Manigault-Newman has jumped in and out of the spotlight repeatedly since her abrupt dismissal from the White House in late 2017. First she promised to release a secret recording of the president using the “n-word.” This alleged recording still remains unreleased.

She did, however, release an otherwise innocuous recording from late 2017 of then-Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly announcing her termination and demanding that she leave the White House.

Then she published a veritable gossip book about the Trump White House.

Because of her shady behavior, her motivation for joining the pay discrimination suit seems suspect. Filed back in January, the lawsuit itself has been widely criticized.

The plaintiff, Alva Johnson, is a former campaign staffer who claimed earlier this year that she quit the campaign in October of 2016 after the infamous “Access Hollywood” went public and it reminded her of the times that Trump had allegedly sexually harassed her.

“I felt sick to my stomach. That was what he did to me,” she said to the media in January.

Yet as recently as 2017, Johnson had been feverishly praising Trump and talking excitedly about how she was expecting to be assigned a post-election job within the Trump White House.

“He is more incredible in person than I think you would even think as you see him on TV,” she said during an appearance on radio station WVNN’s “Politics and Moore” on May 6th of that year. “He’s just the nicest guy. . . . He treats everyone as if they are a part of his family.”

Listen to the relevant portion of the interview below starting at the 13:30 mark:

In a suit filed four months ago, Johnson asked for damages as per the alleged sexual harassment and as per the alleged pay discrimination she’d allegedly suffered.

The suit she filed specifically claimed that prior to the start of a rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016, then-GOP nominee Trump leaned in to kiss her as he exited an RV. She lawsuit further claimed that then-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi had witnessed the kiss.

Both Bondi and another staffer whom Johnson identified as a witness have reportedly denied seeing the kiss. Moreover, an attorney Johnson spoke with in 2016 about Trump’s alleged behavior reportedly refused to take her case, though he did allegedly describe the allegations as credible.

The suit also detailed the alleged pay discrimination.

“Ms. Johnson seeks to bring this case as a collective action on behalf of female Campaign
employees who suffered unlawful pay discrimination at the hands of Defendant Donald J. Trump,” it read.



Some have argued that the fact that Manigault-Newman, who herself is shady, would join another shady person in filing a shady suit against the president is a really bad look. The contents of her actual court filings seem to suggest that the critics have a valid point.

“Bryan Lanza, whose work required substantially equal skill, effort, and responsibility as mine was paid more than me despite being similarly situated,” her filing reads.

Lanza, who worked as a consultant with Trump’s 2016 campaign, is a political veteran with years of experience being “a key adviser in conservative politics and policy at the state and national level,” according to a biography of him posted at Mercury, where he now works as a managing director.

“His policy experience includes chief of staff tenures at the California State Senate and Assembly where he specialized in agriculture, health and transportation issues, and was involved in a number of key statewide initiatives and budget negotiations. Bryan played a key role in organizing support to pass a constitutional amendment that restructured the California primary system in 2010.”

Manigault-Newman, meanwhile, has experience being a reality TV star … and that’s it. It’s therefore unclear why she thinks that she deserved to be paid the same as Lanza.



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