Omarosa Manigault-Newman’s support of and allegiance to Donald Trump has been problematic for the black community for some time now. During his campaign, she not only stood by him while he made disparaging remarks about our forever president and the entirety of the black community, but she doubled down saying we would all bow down to him once he won the presidency. Subsequently, we revoked her invitation to all future cookouts and accepted the fact that she was nestled soundly in the sunken place.
Her tenure in the White House was tokenized and ceremonial at best. She invited HBCU’s and black pastors to the White House for discussions and meetings that ended with no real actionable policy coming out of them. So, when she was fired, none of us shed a tear. And we may have smirked a little bit at reports that she was literally dragged from the White House kicking and screaming.
Little did we and Trump’s White House know that Omarosa left with a cups filled with tea. Omarosa recorded White House Chief of Staff John Kelly firing her and other conversations and meetings that took place during Trump’s candidacy and while being in the White House. In an interview with Trevor Noah, she claims she made the recordings knowing no one would believe her claims in the book she is now promoting. As of earlier this week, she is set to speak to Robert Mueller and is willing to turn over recordings she made while in the White House despite Trump’s attempts to silence her. Per the norm, Trump took to Twitter to bash Omarosa.
On the one hand, I am appalled at the fact that Donald Trump, as the sitting President of the United States would call a woman, a black woman, a dog. More so, I am deeply offended knowing what he meant. But after her behavior and support of Donald Trump in spite of his racist and bigoted behavior, I can’t say that I feel bad for her because, like the old folks always said, “You lay down with a dog, you get licked in the mouth, or you get up with fleas.” In other words, she knew what she was getting herself into. As a community, we can be offended by the way Omarosa is treated while holding her accountable for her support of a racist, bigoted, sexist, xenophobic presidential candidate and eventual sitting president.