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Omarosa is now demanding people call her “Honorable”

Former Trump reality star, and current Trump White House adviser, Omarosa Manigault, has taken to Twitter to demand that people refer to her with a title.

Specifically, Omarosa wants to be referred to as “The Honorable Omarosa Manigault,” a title normally reserved for members of Congress, heads of federal agencies, and judges.

It all started when CBS News White House reporter Jackie Alemany published a copy of a letter in which Omarosa referred to herself as “The Honorable.”

Omarosa Manigault, photo by Gage Skidmore.

I spent five years working as a lawyer in the US Senate, and we routinely used “The Honorable” when sending letters to other members of Congress, cabinet secretaries, judges and similarly situated people. I don’t, however, recall referring to senior White House staff, below the level of chief of staff, as “The Honorable.” (Though we were happy to call a janitor “the honorable” if we thought it would get better results.)

And what’s more, I’ve never quite seen someone publicly demand that they be called the title.

I was one of those Omarosa challenged online:

A few points:

1. It’s supremely tacky to publicly defend calling yourself “honorable.” Real honorables have “people” to do such things.
2. I seem to remember OTHER people calling you honorable, when addressing letters to you. I don’t recall people calling themselves “honorable” when signing a letter they sent to you.
3. The document Omarosa published does mention assistants to the president. I can tell you that in practice, I doubt we’d have ever used that title for anyone below White House chief of staff.

But more importantly, the Republicans are on the verge of taking health care away from 24 million people, and gutting health insurance protections for people who get insurance through their jobs, and top White House staff are spending their workdays defending their royal titles online. And Trump wonders why he’s at 36% in the polls.

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