Omarosa Leaves Her Post As Boyle Heights Pastor To Join Trump Administration
Omarosa Manigault, one of reality TV's preeminent super villains, is joining Trump's cabinet as director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison. This isn't a big surprise, as Omarosa's ties run deep with the Trumpster. Of course, she was among the more notable contestants on the first season of The Apprentice, and had made subsequent visits to Celebrity Apprentice afterward. She was also among the more outspoken African Americans siding with Trump during his presidential campaign.
What is surprising (unless you're an Omarosa superfan) is that, as she transitions into her new role, she's leaving her stint as an assistant pastor in a Boyle Heights church.
First of all, we had no idea that Omarosa was a pastor. And secondly, Boyle Heights? It seems painfully apropos that she's leaving her post (one of faith and goodwill) in a Latino neighborhood to join the President in D.C. CBS 2 notes that Omarosa had been a pastor at Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church for nearly ten years, so this isn't exactly new to her.
Omarosa delivered her final sermon on Sunday, and the event was met by protestors who gathered outside the church. Members of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, Local 36, and other labor groups, came to peacefully denounce the Trump administration. “It’s antagonistic to bring a member of the Trump Administration into this neighborhood that is disproportionately affected by Trump’s executive orders,” said one of the demonstrators. Omarosa's sermon, CBS 2 added, did not include an explicit mention of Trump.
In a 2013 interview with Essence, Omarosa told the magazine that, "Serving as an assistant pastor at the Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles has taught me that there's so much more I have to learn," adding that, "listening to what God tells you he wants you to do is incredible." We're skeptical that a higher power had told her to join a Steve Bannon-run White House, but OK.
Omarosa was ordained as a Baptist minister back in 2012, reports the Huffington Post. She said that her desire to become a pastor was spurred by her travels to West Africa, where the HIV/AIDS epidemic compelled her to take on a new calling. Not everyone was on board with her decision, though. “There were people who felt like because I had done this show ages ago, that maybe that disqualified me from the ministry,” she said. “I mean, I got tons and tons of support from around the world, but, boy, did I hear from the critics.”