Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman said on Sunday that staffers in President Donald Trump‘s administration used a hashtag to refer to them using the 25th Amendment to push the president out of office.
Manigault-Newman told MSNBC’s Alex Witt that she has text chains from her time in the Trump administration where people would use #tfa when discussing the 25th Amendment, a mechanism in the Constitution that outlines the succession of a president including a provision that allows the Vice President and a majority of the president’s cabinet to determine that the nation’s highest office holder is “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
The idea of using the 25th Amendment to oust Trump was also brought up in an anonymous New York Times op-ed published last week where a “senior official in the Trump administration” said there were “early whispers within the cabinet” of invoking the amendment because of “instability” that they witnessed from the president.
Manigault-Newman told MSNBC that staffers used a “little hashtag” as a way to cope during her time in the administration.
“You know, we had a little hashtag, #tfa, which now that I think about it, I’m a little embarrassed to tell you how often; when I went through my text chains from the White House, I saw the hashtag #tfa—25th Amendment,” she said, adding: “Whenever he did something that was just so insane and so crazy and unhinged, when he would flip positions from one hour to the next, we’d just hashtag at #tfa and we’d keep moving.”
The former Trump aide, who was fired last year, said the hashtag was found in text chains that included “family members… staffers,” and “people who were in the agencies.”
Manigault-Newman said the #tfa hashtag appeared in the texts “more than 100 times.”
You can see all of Manigault-Newman’s interview with MSNBC here.