- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

Pollster Frank Luntz is the latest political figure to debunk a claim from former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman prior to her new book’s release date.

The man who made “Instant Response” polling famous offered a quick reaction of his own on Friday regarding the August 14 release of Gallery Books’ “Unhinged.” Mr. Luntz told his nearly 250,000 Twitter followers that, contrary to claims in Ms. Manigault-Newman’s book, he never heard the president utter a racial epithet.

“I’m in @Omarosa’s book on page 149. She claims to have heard from someone who heard from me that I heard Trump use the N-word,” Mr. Luntz tweeted. “Not only is this flat-out false (I’ve never heard such a thing), but Omarosa didn’t even make an effort to call or email me to verify. Very shoddy work.”

Mr. Luntz joins the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, in shooting down the book’s claims. 

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Mr. Conway said it was “ridiculous” and “absurd” for Ms. Manigault-Newman to claim that Mr. Trump used racial slurs to mock his Filipino heritage.

“It seems like certain book publishers these days care more about getting a release out than getting the facts down,” Mr. Luntz continued. “This is why people don’t trust these ‘exposés,’ which is especially bad for authors who actually are good and reliable.”

Ms. Manigault-Newman told her “Celebrity Big Brother” contestants on CBS earlier this year that getting fired from the Trump administration was akin to freeing her from a “plantation.”

“It was very difficult when you aren’t allowed to do the job that you were brought to do,” she told “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert in March. “That’s where that oppression comes from and that’s what that analogy meant.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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