Former “The Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault has been named Donald Trump’s director of African-American outreach.
The former reality star announced the news from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on Monday during an interview with MSNBC.
Manigault previously served as the vice chair of Trump’s National Diversity Coalition and explained that her new role would simply be an extension of the work she’s already been doing.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that Trump has just one percent support among African-American voters, whereas his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, has 91 percent support. Manigault told MSNBC she’s “happy to take up that cause for Donald Trump.”
When asked about another recent poll that found Trump with zero percent support among African-American voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania, Manigault shrugged it off and suggested the numbers might be bad.
“I just spent an amazing weekend with African-Americans for Trump — about 300 of them,” Manigault said. “I’m just wondering who they called because those numbers would be flawed according to the people who have come out to support … So I look at the data. But my reality is that I’m surrounded by people who to want see Donald Trump as the next president of the United States, who are African-American.”
“Donald Trump is focused on improving the economic conditions of African-Americans in this country,” she explained when asked why black voters might support Trump. “Unemployment in African-American communities is at an all-time high … This is after seven years of the Democratic administration.”
Omarosa Manigault: Our community, economically we’re suffering, and this is after 7 years of a Dem administration. https://t.co/zOLAeryxXL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 18, 2016