As the GOP convention in Cleveland got under way on Monday, presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump called on a long-time associate to help him make inroads with the African American community where he is viewed dimly — if not with outright distaste
Theresa “Omarosa” Manigault, who climbed to reality television fame on Trump’s TV show The Apprentice, was officially tabbed as the campaigns director of African-American Outreach and immediately went before the cameras to say that her new job began earlier and that “I’m happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump.”
Omarosa has already made several appearances on cable TV as an advocate for Trump, but now she has a formal title and a big task in front of her.
Appearing on MSNBC, she was pressed to explain how Trump’s horrific polling numbers in the black community, particularly in light of a recent Ohio poll that showed the new face of the GOP at a bottom-scraping zero percent.
Omarosa laughed it off as she disputed the poll numbers based upon her own “reality,”
“I’m just wondering who they called because those numbers would be flawed according to the people who have come out to support him at an amazing faith-based service with African Americans who support Donald Trump,” she explained. “So I look at 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-Americans.”
She added, “I just spent an amazing weekend with African Americans for Trump — about 300 of them.”
All is not lost for the new outreach director. A new poll over the weekend showed Trump with seven percent of the black vote nationally, compared with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 84 percent, meaning she won’t be starting at zero everywhere.
Watch the video below via MSNBC: