Controversial White House aide and former Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault left the White House today in dramatic fashion, apparently escorted from the premises by security. How convenient for the White Supremacist House to leak humiliating aspersions about the one black woman in the entire Trump administration as she frees herself from her complicity in its racist policies.
According to one source close to the situation, Omarosa quit her role as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison because she had grown (albeit belatedly) “fed up” with Trump’s attitude on racial issues.
According to today’s BuzzFeed:
One White House official with knowledge of the situation described an ongoing situation where Manigault-Newman grew increasingly fed up with how the administration handled racially charged issues, adding that moving from crisis to crisis particularly drained the White House. Manigault-Newman has told friends in the past few months, the source said, that being the only black staffer in White House meetings was a source of stress.
‘She struggled with being an African-American senior staffer, with all the racial incidents in the White House, and I think it was starting to weigh on her,’ the official said.
After Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the neo-Nazi and KKK violence in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of white anti-racism activist Heather Heyer, Omarosa went silent for weeks and purportedly considered resigning.
Perhaps the president’s recent endorsement of pro-slavery child molester Roy Moore — who lost last night to Democrat Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate seat special election — sent Ms. Manigault over the edge.
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Even before that, however, she fought hard to get an extension for 59,000 Haitians seeking asylum in the United States, but Trump ended the program, leaving her devastated.
Meanwhile, pressure from African-American community to stand up against the Trump administration’s bigoted rhetoric and policies may have played a cumulative role in her departure.
When she delivered a speech to the National Association of Black Journalists earlier this year, the event devolved into a screaming match, after she offered insufficient responses to Trump’s advocacy of police brutality.
General Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, slandered black congresswoman Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) and said the north should have “compromised” on slavery to prevent the Civil War. He and Omarosa famously do not get along.
She and Trump, meanwhile, had a long and mutually beneficial friendship, with Omarosa even helping the president keep his “enemies list.”
Considering the slings and arrows the Trump administration has hurled at the black community, the only surprising thing about Ms. Manigault’s exit from the White House is how much of the administration’s racism she was able to withstand before leaving.