July 19, 2016 4:01 pm
Updated: July 19, 2016 4:21 pm

Spike Lee not happy with Omarosa’s new role in Donald Trump campaign

Omarosa Manigault, who was a contestant on the first season of Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" and is now an ordained minister, appears alongside Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump during a press conference November 30, 2015 that followed Trump's meeting with African-American religious leaders in New York.


Hollywood director Spike Lee is unimpressed with former reality T.V. villain Omarosa Manigault being appointed Donald Trump‘s “Director of African-American Outreach.”

“You might know her from Trump’s reality show The Apprentice,” Lee wrote Tuesday in an Instagram post tagged “Black Lives Matter.”

“Who’s next?” he ranted. “Aunt Jemina? Uncle Ben?

“Omarosa gonna give out free Popeye’s chicken with sides to deliver da [sic] black vote to Trump?”

Lee’s sideways photo of Manigault with a red clown nose drew thousands of likes, as well as a Twitter rebuttal from Ms. Manigault herself.


In a now-deleted tweet, the ex-Apprentice star slammed Lee for using “the n-word” in his post and for taking a “cheap shot” at her and her mom, who was originally referenced but later edited out.

“How does this help our community?” she asked.

READ MORE: Spike Lee speaks out about Black Lives Matter

Who is Omarosa?

Since being fired by Trump in 2004’s season one of The Apprentice, Manigault appeared on Celebrity Apprentice and was briefly married to actor Michael Clarke Duncan until he died from a heart attack in 2012.

His family told TMZ in 2013 that they wanted his widow investigated after the late actor’s will was changed three months before his death to make Manigault the main beneficiary.

Actor Michael Clarke Duncan (L) and Omarosa attend Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the L.A. Lakers and Boston Celtics at the Staples Center on June 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.

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The same year he died, Manigault became an ordained Baptist minister, according to a 2013 episode of Oprah’s Where Are They Now.

This won’t be her first foray into politics, though. She’s been a regular political commentator for CNN and even worked in the White House.

Though according to a 2004 People article titled “Omarosa’s Long History of Being Fired,” Manigault was “banished from four jobs in two years” there.

Sources also claimed she exaggerated her job responsibilities within the Clinton administration.

Her website says she “currently teaches in the Executive Education Program and in the Executive MBA Program at Howard University School of Business.”

She has her work cut out for her

Trump — who is now the official GOP nominee — has had a rough time winning over African American voters. One poll suggests only one per cent of black voters support Trump.

This past April, a few of Manigault’s fellow Apprentice alumni came together to denounce Trump.

Randal Pinkett (R), Tara Dowdell and Kwame Jackson, all former ‘Apprentice’ contestants, speak at a news conference April 15, 2016 in New York.

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Season 1 runner-up Kwame Jackson said then that Trump doesn’t have the right “temperament” to be U.S. president. He also accused him of appealing “to the lowest common denominator of fear, racism and divisiveness in our populace.”

Season 4 winner Randal Pinkett has been a vocal critic of Trump’s campaign since the millionaire started campaigning.

“We acknowledge Donald’s success as a businessman, and genuinely appreciate the opportunity The Apprentice afforded all of us,” Pinkett said in April.

“We, however, strongly condemn Donald’s campaign of sexism, xenophobia, racism, violence and hate. Our allegiance to our country supersedes our relationship with Donald… we see today as an act of patriotism, not disloyalty.”

The Trump campaign hasn’t addressed the uproar over Manigault’s appointment — probably because they’ve had bigger fish to fry.

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With files from Chris Jancelewicz, Global News

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