Much of the Trump White House is evidently terrified of Omarosa

Omarosa Manigault-Newman inspires fear
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The Republican Party is devoting a lot of energy to discrediting Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former Apprentice contestant and senior White House adviser to President Trump who is promoting a new White House tell-all, Unhinged. "Who in their right mind thinks it's appropriate to secretly record the White House chief of staff in the Situation Room?" asked Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel on Sunday. That's a good question. Some other ones: Who thought it was a good idea to hire her at the White House in the first place? What did she do to earn her $179,700 government salary? And why did she last a year? The answer to that last question appears to be, in part, fear.

"I'm scared sh-tless of her," one male former colleague tells Axios' Jonathan Swan. "She's a physically intimidating presence. ... I'm afraid of her. I'm afraid of getting my ass kicked." Other former officials concurred. "One hundred percent, everyone was scared of her," one told Swan, while another said, laughing: "She knows media, she knows about physical presence, like Trump does ... that's why I think he's rattled. ... She's out-Trumping Trump right now." Maybe that's one reason the chaos-encouraging Trump hired her, as this accurate 2013 tweet hints:

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.