I was going to try and defend Omarosa Manigault the soon to be if not already former member of Trump's administration. The reality star who Trump "fired" on Season 1 of the Apprentice was hired by Trump to help "get the Black vote" during the election. Once he was elected she became Director of Communication for the White House Office of Public Liaison.
I started a blog post after reporter April Ryan released that she was actually fired by Chief of Staff John Kelly and physically removed from the White House by the Secret Service. (April Ryan is the Black reporter who has been disrespected by The White House and was not invited to the White House Christmas party for the first time in 20 years.) I thought the way other Black women in media were celebrating Omarosa's departure was problematic.
I was going to make the point that celebrating her ouster even though she is unlikeable and devisive was dangerous because like her or not she was the only Black woman in Trump's administration. I was going to express that a Black woman being physically removed from the White house was not a good look and that in all of the "resignations" and firings it was only the Black woman who had been physically removed. I planned to posit that if physically removing her was how The White House treated a Black woman who was actually serving their agenda there was no hope for how they would treat a Black woman who had opposing views.
Then Omarosa started talking. She appeared on Good Morning America and proceeded to deny what White House correspondent April Ryan had been reporting. Omarosa stated in the ABC interview that she had resigned and that she was not fired or physically removed by The Secret Service. She refuted the reports that she had been "vulgar" and disruptive. She stated that April Ryan was lying because of their personal history.
Ms. Manigault derided other Black women in the media like Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts who said on air after the interview, “She says she has a story to tell and I’m sure she will be selling that story. Yeah. Bye, Felicia." Omarosa called Roberts' comment "petty" and declared a "Black woman civil war" between her and the others. That's when I decided I didn't want to spend time defending Omarosa.
Was Omarosa fired or did she resign? Did she walk out with dignity or hoot and holler? Is she telling the truth or is April Ryan along with other sources. It doesn't matter. Omarosa is busy defending herself and declaring war on other Black women. Nobody declares war on Black women on my watch.
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