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By Vaidik Trivedi
The former “Apprentice” star, Omarosa Manigault Newman, resigned from her post as the Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison on January 20, 2018. She was under the press limelight when she brought a bridal party inside the White House for a photoshoot in the Rose Garden, which is inaccessible to the general public without prior permission. Chief of Staff John Kelly, unhappy about the photoshoot, raised his concerns and asked Omarosa to leave the premises.
Being one of the most prominent African-American women supporting President Trump, her resignation has led to draw attention to the Trump administration once again.
“As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the President, I have seen things that have made me uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally, that has affected my community and my people,” said Ms. Manigault Newman, during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
While her departure leaves an open space in the Trump administration, many Republicans have publicly shown their disdain for Omarosa. Many have also said that while it is good for President Trump to have a Black Democrat on his executive advising board, he has the wrong person to do this job. Omarosa is receiving this hate from Black Republicans because of her past political affiliation. She was a former staffer for former Vice President Al Gore and has always been a vocal Democrat.
“She’s coming in as unapologetically a Democrat,” said Leah Wright Rigueur, a professor at Harvard University who has spent years on studying the history of black Americans.
“So, Trump is putting someone in a position of power and influence who didn’t come up in Black Republican circles, didn’t put in the work, doesn’t mix and mingle in that environment; someone who can ignore black Republican ideas and who is not going to turn to black Republicans for advice and validation.”
Many argue that keeping Omarosa on board is the best way by which President Trump can reach out to the African-Americans, keeping in mind his racial history and his unthoughtful comments.
Omarosa has faced a huge criticism from the Republican party for being a Democrat and has been abandoned by the Democratic party for supporting their opposition vocally and has been ousted in the black community. She has received hate messages from the majority of the black community for supporting a leader whom they deem one of the most racist Presidents ever.
The question arises now is that, Republicans have always been portrayed as to be less tolerable towards other races, yet the Democrats are now hating an African American woman for her political affiliation. Is it right to assume that the both Democrats and Republicans are tolerant to other races and beliefs when it is political beneficial to them?