Omarosa Has Been ‘Triggering’ Trump to Tweet Stupid Things. Now Kelly Is ‘Pushing’ Her Out.
‘When Gen. Kelly Is Talking About Clamping Down on Access to the Oval, Sheâ€™s Patient Zero’
Omarosa Manigault has been one of the most influential aides in the Trump White House and her unlimited access to the president is the reason he tweeted ugly and offensive personal attacks on MSNBC’s MikaÂ Brzezinski, and Joe Scarborough this past June.Â
That is, until Trump made retired U.S. Marine Corps general John Kelly his Chief of Staff.
A report in The Daily Beast on Saturday saysÂ Gen. Kelly is “pushing out” Omarosa for “triggering” the president.
As has been widely reported, Trump literally had an open-door policy in the White House. Staffers and aides could walk in and get his attention, shaping and molding his views. General Kelly has ended that policy, and also stopped any and all “news” articles from reaching the president’s desk until they have been vetted.
The New York Times on Friday reported that Trump’s relationship with Kelly is strained, and the president is growing tired and resentful of being managed. Kelly is not so much managing Trump as managing what issues are allowed to influence Trump.
But he’s not a miracle worker.
“Mr. Kelly cannot stop Mr. Trump from binge-watching Fox News, which aides describe as the presidentâ€™s primary source of information gathering,” the Times reports. “But Mr. Trump does not have a web browser on his phone, and does not use a laptop, so he was dependent on aides like Stephen K. Bannon, his former chief strategist, to hand-deliver printouts of articles from conservative media outlets.”
Now Mr. Kelly has thinned out his package of printouts so much that Mr. Trump plaintively asked a friend recently where The Daily Caller and Breitbart were.
That’s good, since The Daily Caller and Breitbart are not the most reputable “news” sources.
Back to Omarosa.
She and Trump go way back. She first came to national attention on the very first season of Trump’s “The Apprentice,” back in 2004. She also appeared on Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” Today, she is theÂ Director Of CommunicationsÂ for the White House Office of Public Liaison.
The Daily Beast reports Saturday that Gen. Kelly “has taken steps to prevent her and other senior staffers from getting unvetted news articles on the presidentâ€™s Resolute deskâ€”a key method for influencing the presidentâ€™s thinking, and one that Manigualt used to rile up Trump about internal White House drama.”
Manigault “was one of the worst offenders” of Trump’s now-dead open-door policy, sharing with the president articles that would “enrage” him.
â€œWhen Gen. Kelly is talking about clamping down on access to the Oval, sheâ€™s patient zero,â€ a source close to the Trump administration said.
“The stories Manigault would present to Trump, often on a phone or printed out, would often enrage the president, and resulted in him spending at least the rest of the day fuming about it,” The Daily Beast reports.
For example, one White House source noted that Manigault was one of the people who would bring to President Trumpâ€™s attention online articles concerning MSNBC hosts, and former Trump pals,Â Joe Scarborough and Mika BrzezinskiÂ â€œslagging him, and his administration.â€
This contributed, at least in small part, to the presidentâ€™s mounting rage against the MSNBC couple, which exploded in late June when Trump attacked themÂ and tweeted that, among other things, Brzezinski â€œwas bleeding badly from a face-lift.â€
Omarosa exiting the White House would be a big win for America.
Some responses via Twitter:
Omarosa getting blocked from the Oval Office is the best news I’ve heard all morning. https://t.co/NINjOKI5LJ
â€” Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) September 2, 2017
Omarosa didn’t win The Apprentice. Now looks like she’s getting booted from White House island at Episode 9, again.https://t.co/xay9Y2BGpb
â€” Grant Stern (@grantstern) September 2, 2017
Amazing that one of the top officials in government has to be concerned about what Omarosa is telling the president https://t.co/ogQDyw0GIo
â€” Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) September 2, 2017
Omarosa is unqualified and reckless, just like her boss. Neither of them has any business being in the @WhiteHouse. https://t.co/7e4vXyY2mT
â€” Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 2, 2017
Imagine showing this headline to someone in 2004 as they watched Omarosa and Trump on the Apprentice. https://t.co/yx7FK3oYLB
â€” Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 2, 2017
Who could have imagined that Omarosa might make it harder for a team to function smoothly? https://t.co/OuQSvmpnKQ
â€” Jesse Walker (@notjessewalker) September 2, 2017
Retired four-star Marine general John Kelly wonders how his life became a mediocre Onion headline https://t.co/JtsatbuyYl via @thedailybeast
â€” Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) September 2, 2017
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Extremist Group Targets Florida High School’s Yearbook Over Inclusion of LGBTQ Students Section
The publication of a Florida high school yearbook that included an LGBTQ section has drawn rebuke from a conservative group, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
Lyman High School’s 256-page yearbook includes two pages that highlight the school’s LGBTQ students and features gender identity terms such as “genderfluid” and “nonbinary.”
The Seminole County Public Schools in response to the criticism is offering to issue refunds or reprint the yearbook without the LGBTQ section that the conservative Seminole County Moms for Liberty claims is offensive.
“They shouldn’t have any sexual definitions in a yearbook,” the group’s chapter chair Jessica Tillmann told The Sentinel.
“This is a yearbook that goes to every student as young as 14.”
The school’s yearbook is stirring controversy for a second straight year after the district in 2022 considered putting stickers over photos of a student walkout protesting the so-called “don’t say gay” law, the report said.
The Sentinel’s Skyler Swisher reports that “An LGBTQ+ section in this year’s yearbook includes a picture of members of the student’s Gay-Straight Alliance, definitions of key LGBTQ+ terms, a passage on the evolution of pronouns and a profile of a student who advocates for the LGBTQ+ community.”
Danielle Pomeranz, the school yearbook’s faculty advisor, isn’t on board with the district’s decision to remove the LGBTQ content.
“They are definitions,” Pomeranz told The Sentinel.
“They are not teaching anything about sex at all. … Nobody is teaching anybody about sex acts. It is ridiculous.”
Pomeranz has since resigned from her position in the district, citing in part the Sunshine State’s political climate and an unsupportive district, the report said.
“We’ve always had the LGBTQ+ spread in there,” she said.
“Our job as journalists and members of the yearbook staff is to provide coverage of the entire school and that includes all of the communities, including the LGBTQ+ community.”
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
‘No Longer the Lord’s Chicken’: ‘Christian Woman’ Says She’s ‘Grieving’ Over ‘Woke’ Chick-fil-A Hiring a Diversity Officer
A self-described “Christian woman” who is a contributor to the far-right wing students organization Turning Point USA, is being widely mocked for posting a video attacking Chick-fil-A over claims the conservative, privately-owned, faith-based fast food restaurant chain recently hired a diversity officer.
“So I’m grieving,” the video, apparently by Morgonn McMichael (below), begins. “It’s lunchtime. I’m here with Aubrey. And we really wanted some Chick-fil-A but because they decided to hire a diversity, equity and inclusion corporate position, and also bow down to the woke lord because their ESG scores, and also I found out do you know their chicken is funded by BlackRock and Vanguard? Yeah their farms, they use Tyson and this other farm, BlackRock and Vanguard funded chicken.”
If you think that’s a mouthful just wait, there’s more.
“Chick-fil-A,” Morgonn continues, “you are no longer the Lord’s chicken. You’re actually the woke chicken and I’m really upset about it as a Christian woman. All we wanted was some good fried chicken so now we’re gonna go to Cane’s, we’re going to try it out.”
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Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is a Louisiana-based fast food restaurant with 600 locations in the U.S. and Western Asia.
“This is really difficult because there’s a Chick-fil-A is across the street. Now eating chicken fingers instead of chicken nuggets. I know, first world Christian woman problems, but no one will ever understand the love that I had for Chick-fil-A.”
“You know, we’re taking this boycott Chick-fil-A thing seriously, and it’s really difficult.”
The video was posted to Twitter by the anonymous group PatriotTakes, which has been described as a liberal political action committee. It quickly went viral, garnering over 2 million views in just eight hours. Late Friday afternoon Morgonn tweeted, “sarcasm and satire are things the left doesn’t seem to understand.”
For those who don’t know, Turning Point USA, a far-right Christian nationalist organization, was founded by the ultra-MAGA Charlie Kirk, now a member of the highly-secretive Council for National Policy.
CNP’s membership list also includes former Trump attorney, ally, and advisor Cleta Mitchell, and Ginni Thomas.
“CNP members range from the leaders of the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, to the Southern Poverty Law Center designated anti-LGBTQ hate groups Family Research Council and Alliance Defending Freedom,” Documented reported last year.
Turning Point USA was in the news last week after Rolling Stone reported: “Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA Teamed Up With a Registered Sex Offender.”
Meanwhile, over at TPUSA, Morgonn McMichael’s bio says she is “a Gen Z social media influencer from Texas whose effort to empower and inspire America’s next generation of young conservative female leaders through patriotic online video content has amassed over 100,000 unique social media impressions every week on Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, and more.”
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“Morgonn has dedicated the last year promoting freedom of speech, religious liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government both online and across TPUSA campus chapters. Morgonn has also reached tens of thousands of viewers of all ages with her articles and appearances on Newsmax, Real America’s Voice, OAN, and Breitbart, offering insightful cultural commentary into the most pressing issues concerning young conservatives today.”
Apparently, Chick-fil-A’s diversity officer (more on that next) is one of “the most pressing issues concerning young conservatives today.”
Morgonn did claim Chick-fil-A “decided to hire a diversity, equity and inclusion” officer.
Well, stunningly, the company – long known for its hate-filled attacks on same-sex marriage – did, over a year ago.
A USA Today fact check found Chick-fil-A hired Erick McReynolds, its vice president of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, more than a year and a half ago. The company even has a DEI page featuring him on its corporate website.
PatriotTakes also tweeted, “TPUSA Contributor Morgonn, who is now calling for a boycott of Chick-fil-a, previously said, Cancel culture is toxic’ and ‘needs to be canceled.'”
As some social media users pointed out, Cane’s Chicken Fingers is very pro-LGBTQ.
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“Since its inception in the early 2000s, Raising Cane’s has been a strong supporter of the LGBT community,” San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN) reported in November. “The chicken chain was one of the first companies to offer domestic partner benefits to its employees and has been a vocal advocate for LGBT rights. In 2015, Raising Cane’s was named one of the best places to work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.”
In response to Morgonn’s video, Mississippi Free Press editor Ashton Pittman posted this screenshot from a Raising Cane’s tweet:
Does she know? https://t.co/JWFCMZmdYB pic.twitter.com/sjyvvKRMPL
— Ashton Pittman 🏳️🌈 (@ashtonpittman) June 2, 2023
Over at TPUSA, Morgonn has written content including a piece titled, “Disney’s Male Employee in a Dress Sparks Outrage,” that begins, “At Disney, anyone can be a princess — even a grown man.”
Also, “Disney in Decline: Company Loses Billions Due to Woke Agenda.”
Noted actor and activist George Takei weighed in, tweeting simply, “They’ve lost their goddamned minds.”
Watch Morgonn below or at this link.
A TPUSA Contributor learned Chick-Fil-A has a diversity, equity and inclusion officer:
“Chick-Fil-A you are no longer the Lord’s chicken. You’re actually the woke chicken and I’m really upset about it as a Christian woman.…We’re taking this boycott Chick-Fil-A thing seriously.” pic.twitter.com/oFMCSeR2ie
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) June 2, 2023
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Biden is being credited for smart and savvy negotiations while keeping out of the public eye and allowing Republicans to control the narrative, while steering the agreement to one best for the American people.
Even Speaker Kevin McCarthy “conceded that he had been impressed with Biden’s negotiating team during the talks, calling them ‘very professional, very smart’ and ‘very tough at the same time,'” HuffPost reported Wednesday.
Many extremist House Republicans were hoping for a default, and over the past several weeks they made clear they did not understand what the consequences would have been.
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