Director of the African-American Outreach
“I’m happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump,”adding that her new role was “an extension” of the work she had been doing at the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. Trump reportedly hired Omarosa Manigault to help him win Black votes as recent polls have shown that he had 0% approval among black voters in key states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.
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But is she the right person for the job?The 42-year-old reality TV star made a name for herself as a ‘TV villain’ in the first season of Trump’s The Apprentice and also had a lot of negative press during that period as a result of her intensity and controversial actions. According to a 2004 Peoplemagazine article, Omarosa Manigault was ‘banished’ from four political jobs in only two years with the Clinton administration. At her last job, she was reportedly asked to leave almost immediately because she had been so disruptive.
Manigault Confirmed Her Appointmnet
Manigault previously confirmed her appointment on Monday. “I am proud to serve in that role,” she shared on MSNBC, later adding, “It is a very difficult time for our country, but the good thing I know is that I know Donald Trump as a friend. I know his heart … and I know what he can do in this role.”
When asked about Trump’s difficulty resonating with black voters in the swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania — recent polls showed Trump was polling at zero percent approval among that demographic — Manigault offered an anecdotal counterargument.
“I’m wondering who they polled because I just spent an amazing weekend with African-Americans for Trump, about 300 of them,” Manigault said.
“So, I look at the data but my reality is that I’m surrounded by people who want to see Donald Trump as the next president of the United States who are African-American,” she continued. “More importantly, our community — you know, I grew up Youngstown, Ohio, just 40 minutes down the road — economically we’re suffering. We’re hurting. I went to my family reunion this weekend, and I know family members who are still unemployed, who are still looking for jobs. Looking for ways to fill their gas tank and fill prescriptions for their family. Donald Trump is focused on improving the conditions of African-Americans in this country.”