Omarosa Manigault, who was the Donald Trump campaign’s director of African-American outreach, said she caught “a lot of flak” and received death threats from black folks for supporting the president-elect.
“I was called every single racial slur in the book that you could direct towards an African-American by African-Americans,” she told ABC News’ “20/20.” The former “Apprentice” contestant said that her support for Trump led to her being ostracized by some of her friends and family members.
“I will never forget the people who turned their backs on me when all I was trying to do was help the black community,” Manigault said. “It’s been so incredibly hard.”
You may recall when Trump famously pointed to a black audience member during an event and said, “There’s my African-American over there.” He was almost being literal about the number of supporters he has in the black community. Trump only generated about 2% support Among African-American voters, per msnbc.com.
At the Trump victory party on election night, the conservative online news outlet Independent Journal Review quoted Manigault as saying the Trump campaign had kept “a list” of people who didn’t support his run for the White House.
“Let me just tell you, Mr. Trump has a long memory, and we’re keeping a list,” Manigault told “20/20.”
But she told “20/20” that she made those comments “in jest,” and the Trump campaign hasn’t commented on whether such a list exists.
Manigault, who met Trump while taping season one of his reality TV series, “The Apprentice,” also appeared in an interview for a PBS special in September and said, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who’s ever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”
In her interview with “20/20,” Manigault clarified her statement, saying, “That wasn’t an official statement from the Trump campaign,” she said. “That was just all me.”
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