By now you’ve probably heard about President Donald Trump’s
latest feud — this time with his former aide and ‘Apprentice’
co-star Omarosa Manigault Newman whose memoir,
‘Unhinged,’ paints a pretty damning picture of POTUS.
Trump has received his fair share of backlash for his combative
response to Manigault Newman’s claims but now
he’s getting criticism from the last place you’d expect.
No, not you Melania but your time will come, though.
Many at Fox News have actually clapped back at
Trump for his constant lambasting of Manigault Newman on Twitter.
Brian Kilmeade, co-host of the morning show ‘Fox & Friends,’
leveled perhaps the strongest rebuke to Trump’s lashing out at
Manigault Newman, who accused him of being a racist and saying the N-word.
“In order to sell a book, she’s come out with a series of tapes,
and in many ways, seems to have outsmarted the president,
who has taken the bait and gone out and tweeted
directly after her,” Kilmeade said Wednesday morning.
Kilmeade compared Trump’s response to Manigault Newman
to the way the White House vociferously protested Michael Wolff’s
claims in ‘Fire and Fury.’ Kilmeade said that Trump “gave Michael Wolff
millions of dollars by going after his book.
He seems to be doing the same with Omarosa’s book.”
In particular, the president’s decision to call Manigault Newman
“that dog” on Twitter on Tuesday morning did not
sit well at all with some of Trump’s former allies.
Fox News personality and longtime Trump friend Geraldo Rivera
took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the matter saying,
“Fear my friend @realDonaldTrump undermines himself by using
intemperate, boorish language to describe his enemies.
I can’t stand @OMAROSA a bully, back stabber & big mouth.
But to call her a ‘dog’ & ‘low life’ is beneath
dignity of the office of @POTUS & open to ugly connotation.”
Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer — who was White House press
secretary under George W. Bush — also criticized Trump’s tactics.
Manigault Newman “was crashing and burning, and then when
the president put out his tweet last night about her being a dog,
he brought her back to life,” Fleischer said Wednesday afternoon.
“That’s the biggest mistake the White House has made.”
And on Tuesday night, Fox News anchor Ed Henry conducted a tough,
contentious interview with Trump re-election campaign staffer
Katrina Pierson, who defended Trump’s
“dog” slur and attacked Manigault Newman.
“Omarosa bit the hand that fed her. To me that’s what a dog is.”
Of course, Trump has also received support from Fox News staffers,
some of whom have echoed White House press secretary
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ contention that the press has
over covered the story and elevated
Manigault Newman by interviewing her on television.
“Your mainstream media just can’t get enough of Omarosa.”
Fervent Trump supporter and primetime host Sean Hannity
was quick to side with the president on his Tuesday show saying,
“For now the fourth day, across all platforms, your ‘Destroy Trump’
media highlighting what is the salacious claims,
untrue accusations, secret recordings,
“From yes, Omarosa, a person who was fired three times from a reality show.”
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For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Lyndsey Rodrigues.