Omarosa Manigault Newman is probably the most controversial African American political figure in the country right now. Serving under President Trump for a little under a year, Newman was recently let go from her position after reports claimed the only black woman in the White House consistently clashed with the new Chief of Staff John Kelly. After her departure, Newman made the interview rounds declaring herself a victim of the unsupportive Trump administration while criticizing the current government’s diversity efforts. These efforts have been so abysmal that a few weeks ago, “former White House strategist Steve Bannon, at a gathering of black conservative leaders, called out the administration that he was once part of for what he cited as a lack of diversity, saying the limited number of black staffers was “inexcusable.”
When looking at the situation objectively, a few key points must be considered. For starters, it’s true that the Trump administration has done nothing to reach out to minority communities in an effort to Make America Great Again. President Trump has consistently handled race issues terribly and has created such a negative atmosphere that the racial divide is easily at its most tense since the 1970s. Despite these issues, from my readings, it seems as if it was Newman’s job to reach out to these communities and improve relations.
And here is the problem.
If it was in fact Newman’s job to improve the relationship between the Trump administration and the minority communities then the failure must be put at her feet. No Trump has not made her job easy AT ALL, but it is up to her to continue to ensure support from under represented people within the government, and if she can’t, then she should not have a job. Conversely, if she was trying and requesting support then her failure is not her own and should be placed at the feet of the administration. Whichever truth you believe is up to you, but these are the rules in my opinion.
Overall, Newman’s criticisms are true, but in no ways sincere. I understand that, while working for the President, you cannot criticize the administration the way you can when you are away from your position, but there was never a time I felt that Newman truly supported black or minority issues, and that’s a big issue in itself.
In the end, this current Newman facade must be viewed as a ploy for attention for the simple reason that she was let go due to her issues with the Chief of Staff that had nothing to do with seeking to improve relationships or legislation for minority communities. Despite that, she can still grant these communities with necessary information which can result in improved strategies for dealing with the Trump administration in the future.