Black women are showing up at the polls to defeat Donald Trump and his agenda, just as he sheds his most high-profile black supporter, reality TV star Omarosa.
On the same day that black voters – particularly black women – formed the backbone to repudiate Donald Trump’s candidate in Alabama, one of his most prominent black supporters left the White House.
Former “Apprentice” contestant and Trump hanger-on Omarosa Manigault Newman reportedly resigned her position and will officially be out on Jan. 20. In a statement, the White House said she “resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities.”
However, according to reporting from April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, Newman “did not resign” and “was even escorted out of the building and off campus.” Ryan also reported that “sources say General Kelly did the firing and Omarosa is alleged to have acted very vulgar and cursed a lot and said she helped elect President Trump.”
It is a shocking development for Newman, who infamously bragged after the election that “every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.”
Her title was “director of communications” in the Office of Public Liaison, but multiple reports have indicated that nobody had any idea what she did. In one bizarre episode, Newman brought her 39-person bridal party to the White House for a photo shoot.
In April, she was sent to the annual meeting of the civil rights organization National Action Network, in a rare attempt to reach out to the black community. The audience groaned at her attempts to promote Trump.
By all indications, she was put on the taxpayer-financed payroll, earning $179,700 a year, because she was one of the few black people in America who support Donald Trump.
Trump only received 8 percent of the black vote in 2016, while 89 percent of black voters supported the popular vote winner, Hillary Clinton. That support was even more lopsided among black women, where only 4 percent of that demographic backed Trump.
Black Americans didn’t buy what Newman was selling as she stumped for Trump during the election.
Black voters, and specifically black women, have been the backbone of resistance to Trump and his handpicked candidates.
In Virginia, gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillsepie, pushing the Trump-style message of racial division, was defeated by Ralph Northam, who had the support of 90 percent of black voters.
Alabama elected a Democratic senator for the first time in decades, with 98 percent of black women voting for Doug Jones.
As black voters are showing up at the polls and repudiating Trump and his would-be enablers, his White House is shedding one of the most prominent black supporters he could muster. The writing is on the wall.