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Anderson Cooper Presses Lynne Patton: Is It Appropriate for Trump to Call Omarosa a ‘Dog’?

Anderson Cooper spoke with HUD official and former Trump family adviser Lynne Patton tonight to talk about Omarosa Manigault Newman, and at one point he brought up President Donald Trump‘s attacks on his former ally.

Cooper first asked Patton if she could say what Saran Sanders couldn’t and guarantee there is no “n-word tape,” a claim at the center of the Trump-Omarosa controversy that involves Patton due to a new tape Manigault Newman released.

Patton said she takes Trump at his word that he has never said that word, telling Cooper, “The Donald Trump that I know doesn’t see black and white, he sees success and failure.”

Copper brought up Trump’s “dog” tweet and asked if it was appropriate. Patton pointed to other times Trump has used that insult, saying the President is just “biting back.”

“I think the American people would rather have somebody who speaks their mind than have somebody who runs a sentence past 80 people,” she argued.

Cooper brought up Trump’s past claims of hiring “the best people” and asked of Omarosa, “Was she one of the best people?”

Patton noted Manigault Newman’s past successes and noted how she was in the Clinton White House.

Cooper asked how she went from one of the best people to a “dog.” Patton said she’s just a “disgruntled employee.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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