By Victor Ochieng
Donald Trump, the no-nonsense Republican presidential aspirant, received a notable boost from an unexpected quarter after pastor and Celebrity Apprentice star, Omarosa Manigault, declared her support for his candidacy.
Appearing alongside Trump, her former boss, Manigault didn’t mince her words as she spoke about the controversial politician and how much she knows him. She said that she knows Trump as a mentor and a “father.”
Manigault was speaking after a 2-hour meeting with the GOP frontrunner at the Trump Tower in New York City. The meeting brought together over 100 African-American ministers, a number of whom endorsed Trump after the meeting.
A recording of Thursday’s episode of Steve Harvey shows Manigault confidently stating her position on Trump’s run for the presidency. She said that she’s fully supporting Trump for the presidency and is hopeful that Trump with triumph.
“We have a long history. Donald and I started out in 2003 with The Apprentice, and I’m proud to be a part of that franchise,” Manigault said. “In terms of him running for president, it’s something that he wanted to do, it’s a dream. And I’m a very loyal person. I know him as a friend, as a mentor, as a father. You all are getting to know him as a candidate. That’s the way you know him. I know him differently. And I will continue to be a friend to Donald Trump throughout this entire journey for him, and hopefully he gets exactly what he wants.”
Harvey didn’t fail to comment on Trump’s candidature, saying that should Trump carry the day to become the 45th president of the United States, he too would run for president in eight years.
“I tell ya’ right now, in case you’re wondering where I stand on Donald Trump. I love his golf courses, I love his buildings, I like him as a guy,” he said. “If he becomes President of the United States, in eight years, I’m running.”
There is no doubt that Trump remains the most controversial presidential aspirant in the 2016 race. The New York City-born politician recently said that should he win in the presidential race, he won’t allow Muslims into America. Trump is known for his fierce criticism of the Obama administration, particularly on matters immigration. He has strongly opposed the idea of allowing thousands of Syrian refugees into the country, and is previously quoted as saying that his administration would consider implementing special IDs for Muslim Americans.