“It’s Been So Incredibly Hard”: Omarosa Manigault Says Friends Cut Her Off Over Trump Support
If Stacey Dash taught us anything, it’s that if you side with someone or something that the Black community is fiercely against, you will get more than a tongue lashing from strangers — you might also get rejected by those close to you.
Omarosa Manigault, the former Apprentice star who campaigned quite hard for Donald Trump, is speaking out about being blackballed by her friends over her support of the president elect. The 42-year-old is actually pretty emotional about it, especially since she claims that she stuck by Trump in the hopes of helping the Black community.
“There are people who stopped talking to me,” Manigault told 20/20. And those who did talk to her allegedly went all the way in. According to The Hill, Manigault said she was called everything but a child of God by fellow Black people. “I was called every single racial slur in the book that you could direct towards an African-American by African-Americans,” she said.
The reality star is set to get married next year to John Allen Newman, a pastor at a church called Mt. Calvary in Jacksonville, Fla. She said that of those in her life who distanced themselves, one included a woman slated to be in her wedding.
“One of my bridesmaids,” she said before breaking down and grimacing. “A woman who was going to be in my wedding in the spring. I will never forget the people who turned their backs on me when all I was trying to do was help the Black community. It’s been so incredibly hard.”
Despite all of that, Manigualt is standing by Trump and says that one of the most admirable things about him is that he is unapologetically true to himself.
“Donald Trump doesn’t turn it on or off,” she told 20/20. “He is who he is. Everyone tried to define him and put him in boxes, and that’s why they get him wrong, and that’s why they underestimated him in this race.”
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