By Najee Ali
Omarosa Manigault Newman’s “Unhinged” has risen to the top of the New York Times best-seller list.
The tell-all memoir by the former White House senior adviser sold more than 33,000 copies in its first week and is a must read. I was able to exchange texts and got an advance book copy from Manigault Newman this week. She is on top of the world right now.
In her book, subtitled “An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” Manigault Newman describes President Donald Trump as a racist, which most African Americans already knew. She also questioned his mental state, which our own U.S. Rep. Karen Bass also publicly questioned and commented on more than a year ago.
It was a week ago that Trump helped his former friend and colleague have the No. 1 book nationally when he fired off several tweets attacking her, calling her “Wacky and Deranged Omarosa” and claiming that nobody in the White House liked her. My immediate thought was that if she was so wacky why did Trump hire her in the first place?
She wasn’t wacky when she traveled and campaigned nationally for his presidential campaign, drawing the ire of many African Americans who had disdain for Trump and anyone supporting him.
Manigault Newman was attacked and ridiculed by many blacks across the nation for supporting Trump. I never supported Trump and never will but Manigault Newman to me is family. She lived in Los Angeles for more than a decade and we formed a friendship as activists in the streets helping our people from feeding the homeless to protesting in Leimert Park for justice for Trayvon Martin.
Manigault Newman was front and center in the movement. That’s why no one can ever say anything to me personally or on social media without me checking them and defending her.
As I battled and fought for my life a couple of years ago with stage 3 cancer, Manigault Newman was there for me, helping me, praying over me and attending my cancer fundraiser. She always showed concern for me. I will never forget that.
I have seen and know personally that side of Manigault Newman. She’s my little sister and even though I didn’t support her candidate, I supported her right to think and choose for herself who she could be friends with and vote for.
Trump called Manigault Newman “a crazed, crying lowlife” and thanked White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly “for quickly firing that dog!” What Trump underestimates is black people. When a white man calls a black woman a dog, those are fighting words.
For blacks who didn’t like Manigault Newman’s politics, that’s one thing. But most of us are not going to let Trump call her or any other black woman a dog and sit by silently. The same way we stood up for Rep. Maxine Waters when she was called “low I.Q.” by Trump and threatened by his racist supporters, is the same way many of us stood up for Manigault Newman.
Whatever disagreements we may have in the village, the elders aren’t going to let a colonizer speak ill about our people. We can deal with our disagreements with each other internally.
And Trump is dumb enough and continues to play right into Manigault Newman’s hands. Trump has more than 50 million Twitter followers and he essentially made them all aware that Manigault Newman’s book had been released. Manigault Newman then went on one of the best-selling book publicity tours in modern-day history, her face, voice and views were on national news for a week straight.
The cable and TV news couldn’t get enough of Trump calling Manigault Newman a dog. Many African Americans believed Trump was talking in code and dog whistling to his racist base by implying that she was a B word. That was just more confirmation that he is a racist and has no respect for women.
But Manigault Newman is no ordinary woman. She played Trump like a chump and has a treasure case of tapes and videos of Trump, his family and cronies in very compromising positions.
Trump tried to buy Manigault Newman’s silence with a job offer to do nothing for $185,000 a year. She instead got out her calculator did the math and decided to be a multi- millionaire instead. As Manigault Newman’s first-week sales demonstrate, she’s the one who having the last laugh with the number one book in the nation with a multi- million dollar pay day if sales continue as anticipated.
At the end of the day black people need and always should have an advocate at the table for our interests and Manigault Newman attempted to be a voice for us in the White House. But some black people are so emotional about Manigault Newman, someone they don’t know and have never even met, they can’t see the forest for the trees.
I watched Kellyanne Conway, another White House staffer on CNN earlier in the week, become unglued when the commentator asked her to name another African-American staffer in the West Wing of White House now that Manigault Newman is gone. She couldn’t do so. The facts are African-Americans have no one at the table for us and our interests. Manigault Newman was the only one doing that for us.
Now that she’s gone for good, I truly believe this African-American woman will be a key figure to help bring Trump to the doors of impeachment.
As a child, I was a top chess player for my age and continue to love the game. This modern-day chess match between Thump and Manigault Newman began 15 years ago on the reality show “The Apprentice,” and continued at the White House with Trump and his cronies who had her shaken and angry.
They fired her and decimated her defense, taking all her warriors. However, she was able to advance a pawn to the other side and exchange it for the queen and place him in check with receipts.
Trump has been outwitted by a black woman who he called a “lowlife dog. The match rages on, as former FBI Director Robert Mueller moves his pieces in position.
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