Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump

Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump

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For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump‘s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people.

Her falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist as she sells her new book — and in turn, his calling her a “dog” — have not been enough for many African-Americans to invite her back to the family picnic.

Too little, too late, many said.

“Her tell-all mea culpa won’t win her any brownie points with most blacks,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author of the book “Why Black Lives Do Matter.” ”Their loathing of Omarosa is virtually frozen in stone. She’s still roundly lambasted as a two-bit opportunist, a racial sellout and an ego driven hustler.”

Few in the black community immediately rushed to defend Manigault Newman after she wrote a book titled “Unhinged” about her time in the White House. It paints a damning picture of Trump, claiming without evidence that tapes exist of him using the N-word as he filmed “The Apprentice” reality series, on which she co-starred.

She has since stepped up her attacks on Trump as she promotes her book, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that the president is “a racist, a misogynist, a bigot.”

“I want to see this nation united as opposed to divided,” she said. “I don’t want to see a race war, as Donald Trump does.”

The deep hostility that African-Americans harbor for Manigault Newman stems largely from her defense of the president or her public silence as he repeatedly attacked the American citizenship of former President Barack Obama; insulted various minority groups and described some African nations as “shithole” countries. He has also insulted prominent blacks like U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and NBA superstar LeBron James, said that “many sides” are to blame for the violence at last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and ripped African-American athletes for protesting racial injustice.

As the highest-profile African-American on the White House staff, she pushed back on accusations that Trump was racist. She once told PBS’ “Frontline,” ”Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down under President Trump.”

In the book, Manigault Newman suggests she joined Trump’s campaign — despite the misgivings she said she had about her longtime friend and mentor — after an arrangement to join Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign fell through and left her feeling spurned.

She writes that Trump and his campaign were “eager for my help” and she wanted to experience working on a campaign at a “high level.” And, “since Trump had little chance of winning, it would be ‘no harm, no foul’ for me to have worked with the campaign for however long it lasted,” she wrote.

She now says he “used” her, calling him a “con” who “has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities” but is “truly a racist.”

Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric against Manigault Newman on Tuesday. “When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn’t work out,” Trump said. “Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!” John Kelly is the White House chief of staff.

Many condemned the president and his repeated attempts to compare minorities with animals, but there was little defense of Manigault Newman — unlike when Trump attacked NBA superstar LeBron James in recent weeks.

“We should not mistake anything that has happened here as to be Omarosa in any way purporting be a benefit to the African-American community,” said Aisha Moodie-Mills, a Democratic strategist.

More than 8 in 10 blacks said they thought Trump was racist in a February poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More than 9 in 10 of African-Americans disapproved of how Trump is handling his job as president.

Manigault Newman has been associated with Trump for more than a decade.

Minimal association with Trump, like taking a photograph with the president in the Oval Office, was enough for protesters to decry Historically Black Colleges and University presidents on their own campuses last year. Black ministers who met with Trump are being criticized by their colleagues and some by their congregations. Among the criticized is Darrell Scott, an African-American pastor from Ohio who declared “This is probably going be … the most pro-black president that we’ve had in our lifetime.”

Raynard Jackson, a black Republican who has worked on GOP presidential, gubernatorial and local campaigns, said Manigault Newman secretly recording Trump and other White House officials will make her a pariah in conservative circles as well.

“There is absolutely no way she can redeem herself. Who is going to trust her ever again?” Jackson said. “Recording someone under these circumstances is the political equivalent of spitting on a man.”

Conservative commentator Armstrong Williams said he’s known Manigault Newman since she was 19 and will always consider her a friend. But “Omarosa can’t be trusted,” he said. “There’s an issue when you can’t be trusted and can’t be loyal.”

As her feud with Trump intensified, Manigault Newman’s relationship with the black community became the topic of many conversations among African-Americans, especially on social media. Some of them offered hope for Manigault Newman, however conditional.

If Omarosa “is the one to get some traction on people seeing how truly raggedy this administration is enough to take action… we should reconsider letting her get a to-go plate from the cookout. Someone can take it to her,” tweeted Bari A. Williams, an Oakland lawyer and business operations executive.

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Associated Press writer Darlene Superville contributed to this report.

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Jesse J. Holland covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. Contact him at [email protected], on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jessejholland.

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Conway also told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on “This Week” that in the two years she has worked for Trump, she has “never a single time heard him use a racial slur about anyone.”

Conway was responding to claims in a new book by former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman that Trump is a racist and that she has heard him use racial slurs.

“I think that Omarosa unfortunately has undercut her own credibility,” Conway told Karl. “This is somebody who gave a glowing appraisal of Donald Trump the businessman, the star of ‘The Apprentice,’ the candidate, and indeed the president of the United States. She told your own network, Jon, ABC News, the day after she was fired from the White House that she had resigned … She said she never heard him use the N-word.”

PHOTO: Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and Omarosa Manigault, left, attend an event celebrating Womens History Month, in the East Room at the White House, March 29, 2017, in Washington, DC.Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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“I have never a single time heard him use a racial slur about anyone. I also never heard Omarosa complain that he had done that, and so the only thing that’s changed is that she’s now selling books,” Conway said.

Manigault Newman’s new book, “Unhinged,” is set to be released Tuesday. Some details about it have already come out. According to The Guardian and The Washington Post, Manigault Newman claims Trump is a “racist, bigot and misogynist” and says she personally heard him use racial slurs.

Manigault Newman’s title at the White House was assistant to the president and director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. She was one of the most senior African-American members in the administration.

Conway said that Omarosa “should be taking credit for all the great gains” she says the president has made for the African American community.

“I think Omarosa is a tremendous disappointment here because she should be taking credit for all the great gains that this president has made with respect to that low unemployment number among African Americans,” Conway said. “She should take credit for the fact that in his first month in office he took decisive executive action on behalf of HBCUs, workforce development, prison reform now, the drug crisis which I’ve tried to work on with (Congressman Elijah) Cummings and — and others on his side of the aisle.”

But when Karl pressed her on who is now “the most prominent, high level African American serving in the West Wing on the President Trump’s staff” since Manigault Newman’s departure, Conway struggled to answer.

Conway mentioned Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson. Karl said he was asking specifically about “White House staff…the people the president is with every day.”

Conway said Trump does work with Carson “every day,” but when Karl continued to press, Conway mentioned Jeron Smith, deputy director of Digital Initiatives.

“We have Jeron, who’s done a fabulous job, been very involved with – he’s been very involved with Jared Kushner and President Trump on prison reform from the beginning,” she said.

“The fact is that this president is doing well for all Americans. He promised on November 9, on his election night… He said I will be the president for all Americans, even those who didn’t support me… And he’s made good on that promise, Jonathan.”

During the roundtable segment later in the show, former White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short offered more.

PHOTO: President Donald Trump speaks before a dinner meeting with business leaders, Aug. 7, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.Carolyn Kaster/AP
President Donald Trump speaks before a dinner meeting with business leaders, Aug. 7, 2018, at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

“There’s less focus on Mary Elizabeth Taylor, who is an African American staffer on our team who did more in this White House to get Neil Gorsuch confirmed than anybody else. She led all of our confirmations,” Short said.

“There’s less focus on Jeron Smith who I hired 10 years ago on (Vice President) Mike Pence’s staff, who is leading the effort on prison reform… Jeron Smith’s office is actually in the East Wing. He is in the White House.”

“We also don’t talk about Daris Meeks, who I hired 10 years ago on Mike Pence’s staff also who is head of policy for the vice president of the United States, so there’s a lot of focus in the media on Omarosa, but there’s less focus actually on those who are doing really hard jobs and doing really good work for the president.”

However, Karl pointed out, “None of them are among the 55 top paid staffers on the White House staff.”

“In fact,” Karl continued. “There is no African American at that top level.”

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