Trump Appoints Omarosa Manigault, A Former ‘Apprentice’ Contestant, As Head Of African-American Outreach

You know how racist and homophobic people always swear they have that one black friend or they almost kissed someone of the same gender once? When Donald Trump appointed Omarosa Manigault as the head of African-American outreach for his campaign, that’s what it reminded me of. Like, there’s one black woman he is close with and he just went with that. Manigault was on the first season of The Apprentice and has been working for Trump’s campaign as a spokesperson and vice chairman for the National Diversity Coalition For Trump.

Maybe she’s totally qualified for the job, as she used to work in Washington, D.C. But, she was fired four times in two years and bounced from job to job in the capitol, working for Al Gore, in the Department of Commerce, and the White House personnel offices, according to Entertainment Weekly. She didn’t last long at any job, so it’s not really clear what experience she has working a campaign at all — aside from being a black woman who supports Trump, which is more about optics than anything else.

A former Gore staffer who worked with Manigault, where she answered invitations, said, “She came to self-promote, and at that she was excellent. She didn’t do her job, and it got everybody in trouble.” So, it sounds like Manigault and Trump probably have a lot on common.

If she’s in charge of African-American outreach, though, she better get to work. The Trump campaign polls extremely low with African-Americans — just last month a Quinnipiac poll said he had 1 percent of the African-American vote. But that doesn’t seem to deter Manigault. She told MSNBC at the Republican National Convention, “Just spent an amazing weekend with African-Americans for Trump, about 300 of them.” She continued, “I’m just wondering who they called because those numbers would be flawed according to the people who have come out to support.”

And Omarosa isn’t into the polls anyway. “So I look at the 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-American,” she said.

And, this is what’s so frustrating about the Trump campaign. He did appoint a woman of color to a leadership position, which is great. But something smells like tokenism, because he needs someone who knows what the hell they are talking about and Manigault doesn’t seem to. The data is probably really solid, and the reality of an event with 300 African-American supporters doesn’t mean he’s going to do well with the group on election day.

Trump is a guy who said to an African-American supporter in a crowd at a rally once, “Look at my African-American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?” “Are you the greatest,” is probably one of the most condescending things I’ve heard in a while.

Manigault and the Trump campaign should get serious about diversity and outreach if they want to prove their candidate isn’t actually the self-absorbed bigot that most people believe him to be. Unless he really is as unstoppable as he claims, then I guess it doesn’t even matter. At this point, maybe it’s better if Manigault doesn’t do her job. It could cost rational people the election.