Omarosa is one of Donald Trump’s most famous (at least in pop culture terms) staff members. Formerly a contestant on The Apprentice, and formerly a member of his campaign, Omarosa Manigault is now a Senior White House aide. Trump has made it clear dissent from someone in any of those roles is unacceptable, so having been in all three we’ll see how this goes for her.
Omarosa Manigault has said today that President Trump joking about police roughing up people is wrong.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 11, 2017
She was part of a panel discussion when the topic was raised. Things were apparently not going to well for her.
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 11, 2017
But the tone is just crazy. Like, the mood on this stage is toxic. Omarosa did say recent Trump comments on police roughing up ppl r wrong
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) August 11, 2017
Here’s more from The Hill:
Senior White House aide Omarosa Manigault said Friday that it was wrong for President Trump to suggest police officers rough up suspects during arrests.
In a tense panel discussion at the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) convention in New Orleans, Manigault was pressed on Trump’s comments, before saying that the president should not have encouraged such use of force, according to reporters attending the panel.
This all started when Trump said in a speech that cops shouldn’t worry about hitting suspects heads as they are shoved “rough’ into the back of police cars, remarks he referred to as a joke and which were applauded by the cops in attendance.
“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon — you just see them thrown in, rough — I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”
Omarosa, and many other Americans, found this totally inappropriate, both for the President and the cops in the room, considering the obviously strained and dangerous relationship between police and the communities they serve across the country.