Dallas' Katrina Pierson Finds Herself in Eye of Omarosa Storm Over Trump and the 'N-Word'

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Longtime Dallas tea-partier and President Donald Trump supporter Katrina Pierson has found herself in the middle of this week's presidential mini-scandal, thanks to allegations made by former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault-Newman. According to Manigault-Newman, tapes exist of Trump using the racial slur "n——-." In a taped conversation provided by Manigault-Newman to CBS News on Tuesday, Pierson appears to confirm that the president used the slur.

"No, he said it. He is embarrassed," Pierson, now a senior adviser on the Trump re-election campaign, says during a phone conversation with Manigault-Newman and another Trump aide, HUD official Lynne Patton.

Monday night, before Manigault-Newman produced the tape, Pierson said that the conversation never happened.

"That did not happen. Sounds like she is writing a script for a movie,” Pierson said on Fox News. "The president and his family have been nothing but kind and generous and respectful to myself and everyone else that I know of color."

Pierson issued one hell of a walk-back statement on Tuesday.

"During the 2016 campaign, we heard rumors about an alleged tape from The Apprentice. It's clear now that those rumors were always being circulated by Omarosa and her alone. In her secret tape-recording of me, it was one of many times that I would placate Omarosa to move the discussion along because I was weary of her obsession over this alleged tape," Pierson said. "To be clear, I never organized a conference call with [Trump campaign aide] Jason Miller to confirm Mr. Trump said anything. That discussion was nothing other than sifting through unconfirmed rumors regarding The Apprentice tape, and the transcript supports my statement. Omarosa fabricated the story by conflating numerous discussions."

On Monday, the president issued a denial on Twitter that he'd ever been caught on tape saying "n——-".    During her briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that she "couldn't guarantee" that a tape of President Trump using the word would never become public.

If it turns out tape of Trump using the slur exists, history suggests that Pierson would go to the mat defending her boss anyway. After Trump was caught on tape admitting to grabbing women by their genitals in October 2016, Pierson immediately defended the then-Republican nominee.

"This truly was two men who had what they thought was a private conversation, talking about an attractive woman. He calls it locker room banter," she said during an interview with Megyn Kelly after telling the commentator that she had two brothers who played sports. 
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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