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Trump Aide Omarosa Manigault’s Speech to Sharpton Crowd: A Misadventure – National Legal and Policy Center

It wasnt quite the equivalent of entering the lions den. But Omarosa Manigault, a black official in the Trump administration, might not want to reenter. On April 27, Manigault (in photo), communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison, gave a luncheon talk at the annual confab of Al Sharptons nonprofit, National Action Network (NAN). Putting on a game face in defending the initiatives of her boss, Donald Trump, she assured the gathering that she would fight for you in the White House. The crowd, unimpressed, groaned or gave muted applause throughout. And a subsequent speaker was outright hostile. That Manigault is a member of the Los Angeles NAN chapter did not win her points. The experience should serve notice to conservatives that even an informal partnership with the Reverend Al is a losing proposition.

April is a special month on the social calendar of Al Sharpton and his many admirers. Its when National Action Network holds its annual convention at the Sheraton Times Square in midtown Manhattan. There was a special urgency this time around. For the incumbent president is Donald Trump. And unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, marquee speaker at the 2011 and 2014 NAN extravaganzas, Trump is no fan of Sharpton. And the feeling is mutual. Reverend Sharpton is a racial activist of the hard Left with a long history of demagoguery, in and outside his native New York City, in the service of social justice. As my book on the subject noted, his many public relations campaigns on behalf of an ostensibly aggrieved client have distorted the issues, on occasion turning lethal. But he does know his audience. On the morning of January 14, six days before Inauguration Day, for example, Sharpton spelled out his strategic vision at a NAN-sponsored outdoor rally in Washington, D.C. before an overwhelmingly black crowd. In a chilly drizzle, he declared: We come not to appeal to Donald Trump because hes made it clear what his policies are and what his nominations are. We come to say to the Democrats in the Senate and in the House and to the moderate Republicans, Get some backbone. Get some guts. We didnt send you down here to be weak-kneed. He specifically appealed to NAN members to lobby senators to oppose the nomination (eventually approved) of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

While Al Sharpton and Donald Trump arent quite ready to make face-to-face nice, they are communicating through an intermediary, Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. Manigault, whose married name is Manigault-Newman she wed several weeks ago has been a minor celebrity for over a dozen years. Born in 1974, the Youngstown, Ohio native began her career during the Clinton era as a personnel officer for Vice President Al Gore and then, in a similar capacity, at the Commerce Department. Her entrance onto the national stage came in 2004 as a guest on the popular NBC-TV reality program, The Apprentice, a businessmans version of Battle of the Bands, hosted by future President Donald Trump. Her confrontational bad girl persona managed to alienate team members and win viewing audiences. Later, in 2008, Manigault would be a contestant on the Trump-hosted sequel show, Celebrity Apprentice; she received the hosts signature phrase, Youre fired, in the 10th episode. Apparently, she didnt stay fired for long. In June 2010, she and Trump created a short-lived dating show for TV One called The Ultimate Merger. In February 2013, she appeared on Trumps Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars. Along the line, her political beliefs evolved. In 2015, she announced that she had switched parties from Democrat to Republican. It was a smart career move. In July 2016, during the GOP nominating convention, Manigault announced she had been named African-American outreach director for the Trump presidential campaign. His victory in the November election led to her appointment in January.

As Office of Public Liaison communications director, Omarosa Manigault-Newman knows that it is part of her job to win over tough audiences. And few audiences are tougher than Al Sharptons loyal fans. The Rev invited her to speak at a womens power luncheon last Thursday on April 27, part of National Action Networks annual four-day convention at the Sheraton Times Square, an invitation she accepted. Manigault announced that her speech would be an update on the last 100 days of what I have been doing. The crowd groaned. She then began: I know what I came into and Im not scaredI will fight for you in the White House. She got specific. Stillman College, she said, is fighting to keep its doors open, and I say that more as an appeal to you, because I cannot do this myself. She also called upon NAN leaders and members to help get clean water to Flint, Michigan, where the water supply as of late has been contaminated. And she noted that the Trump administration is starting up a micro-lending initiative to benefit minority small business owners. She closed her presentation: I am looking forward to partnering with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network in Los Angeles but more importantly, the President of the United States. Here, as before, the audience responded not with cheers but with groans. Not one to back down, she responded: I know who cashes my checks.

The man of the hour, Al Sharpton, immediately followed. I want you to bring a message back that you were respected here at the National Action Network because thats how we behave, he said. Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the president would respect us. Actually, President Trump does respect National Action Network; thats precisely why he encouraged Ms. Manigault to attend. The problem is that he doesnt agree with NAN on most things as if he could be blamed for that. Sharpton delivered his big pitch. You are in a very precarious position because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, he said. But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues. I ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectfulNo, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C. He concluded by turning to Manigault and telling her, Im through, Omarosa. Exhale. Nobody ever denied that the Reverend Al had a sense of humor.

Ms. Manigault at that point excused herself and exited the event. It might have been a good thing, too, given who followed her. That would be Angela Rye, a lawyer and the CEO of a Washington, D.C.-based political advocacy group, IMPACT Strategies. Ms. Rye, a black, knowing she was in her element, hammed it up. The truth is, she remarked, when you tell somebody that youre going to fight for them, Im going to tell you how not to fight for them. She reeled off a list of grievances against Trump, especially during the first 100 days of the administration. She denounced President Trumps tax reform package by claiming, without evidence, that the burden of that responsibility will be on the backs of the poor, who are inordinately black and brown people. She denounced his campaign comment that black voters had nothing to lose by voting for him. And she skewered him for his questioning former President Barack Obamas place of birth. How you dont fight for [your community] is by trivializing our first black president, Barack Obama, by questioning his citizenship, by questioning validity, said Ms. Rye. How you dont fight for us is by pissing on me and telling me its rain. The crowd lustily cheered and stood on their feet. Her parting shot: Resist, yall.

The event wasnt a true disaster. Omarosa Manigault, after all, knew that she represented the visiting team and took it in stride. But it would be nave to suggest that her outreach did the Trump administration, or the American people, any good. Indeed, the effort was counterproductive in two ways. First, simply by speaking before a National Action Network convention, she lent credibility to the organization and its founder-president, Al Sharpton. Neither deserves an exalted position on the American political stage. NAN is a tool for demagoguery and will remain as such even after Sharpton steps down. Second, by telling attendees about the good things that the Trump administration is promising to do, Manigault set herself and her boss up for a fall. In the audiences eyes, Trump already had two strikes against him. These people are all too eager to discover a third strike, so as to declare, He aint done nothin for us. That would serve as a cue for Democratic Party leaders and their media courtiers to pronounce the Trump administration racist and its policies failed. None of President Trumps enemies are going to be impressed by the fact that Ms. Manigault is a dues-paying member of National Action Network.

Donald Trump and Al Sharpton have known each other a long time. And though they are on opposite sides, they actually are fairly comfortable in each others presence. Its a New York thing. Sharpton acknowledged as much during his talk. He (Trump) and I have known each other for 30 years, Sharpton said. Both of us are outer-borough New Yorkers. He comes from Queens where they dont mind mixing it up and I come from Brooklyn where we kick butt and take names. Trump, more than anyone else, knows that the art of the deal, in or out of New York City, requires a strong hand. Unfortunately, thats not the kind of hand that his emissary, Omarosa Manigault, played last Thursday.

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Al Sharpton to attend burial for Queens Village fire victims – TimesLedger

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Civil rights leader Al Sharpton, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel (D-Cambria Heights) will be among the many mourners expected at the funeral Saturday for four of the five victims who died April 23 in a fast-moving house fire in Queens Village.

Managing the funeral is family member Sheener Bailey-Briggs.

Everything happens for a reason, but I dont know about this one, Bailey-Briggs said.

A three-alarm fire took the lives of four family members and a friend on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Queens Village when the frame house at 112-16 208th St. burst into flames. No calls were made from the house and the Fire Department was alerted by a passing motorists six minutes after the fire first broke out. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation.

Bailey-Briggs chose to have the funeral service at New Greater Bethel Ministries at 215-32 Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village not just to accommodate many family members, but because it was a place close to her heart, like her nephews and cousins who perished in the blaze.

Bailey-Briggs was related to all four victims who will be remembered Saturday: Jada Foxworth, 20; Destiny Dones, 16; Rashawn Matthews, 10 and Chayce Lipford, 2. Sisters Jada and Destiny were her first cousins, once removed. Rashaw was her great nephew and Chayce her great-grandnephew.

Bethel Ministries has served the extended family in difficult times before.

I joined over 20 years ago, Bailey-Briggs said. When my mom died, and my cousin died in a motorcycle accident, I used this church.

Planning this funeral has been the toughest thing she has ever done in her life, she said. For the past 12 days she has barely been sleeping or eating.

I dont believe that it is true, Bailey-Briggs said. Everyday I drive past just to see if its true. I dont let my sister (Gwen) know. I drive pass the house. What a nightmare. Just pray for us to get through this.

As she reads through the obituaries for her four relatives, she recalls her fondest memories of them.

Chayce, his smile. That baby was too cute. Destiny, from the time that she was a baby, that girl walked with joy. If you think that God takes the best, he really did. That kid right there all four of them where joyful. They were rays of sunshine. Im not kidding.

Despite the tragedy that has befallen her family, Bailey-Briggs is working diligently to put on a funeral that befits the family.

This is going to be a beautiful funeral. It is going to be excellent. Just pray for us. Its a lot.

The wake will be from 9 a.m. to 11.am. followed by the funeral from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A repast will be held at 4 p.m.

The four young people will be buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale in L.I.

The fifth victim, Melody Edwards, 17, was laid to rest Wednesday at Mount Moriah AME Church in Cambria Heights.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 2604573.

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Al Sharpton raises concerns over Trump’s ‘disaster’ of an … – Washington Times

Al Sharpton asked White House aide Omarosa Manigault on Thursday to deliver a message to President Trump on behalf of blacks and women concerned with the disaster he created during his first three months in office.

Ms. Manigault spoke at the National Action Network summit organized by Mr. Sharpton in New York City this week when the civil rights leader asked her to relay a message to the president.

You are in a very precarious position, because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, Mr. Sharpton said to the White House aide and former reality show contestant, Politico reported.

But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues and ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectful. No, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C., he added.

Mr. Sharpton raised his concerns during Thursdays event after Ms. Manigault generated groans from the audience while giving her closing marks, according to multiplereports.

I am looking forward to continue to partner with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network of Los Angeles, but, more importantly, the president of the United States, Ms. Manigault told an reportedly unenthused audience.

Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the President would respect us, Mr. Sharpton said on stage afterwards, according to Politico.

Ms. Manigault, 43, gained fame over a decade ago as a contestant on The Apprentice, Mr. Trumps NBC reality show. She previously worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore in the 1990s and was a member of the Democratic Party before switching to Republican in 2015.

Shes currently an aide to the president as well as the communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison.

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Al Sharpton raises concerns over Trump’s ‘disaster’ of an administration with Omarosa Manigault – Washington Times

Al Sharpton asked White House aide Omarosa Manigault on Thursday to deliver a message to President Trump on behalf of blacks and women concerned with the disaster he created during his first three months in office.

Ms. Manigault spoke at the National Action Network summit organized by Mr. Sharpton in New York City this week when the civil rights leader asked her to relay a message to the president.

You are in a very precarious position, because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, Mr. Sharpton said to the White House aide and former reality show contestant, Politico reported.

But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues and ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectful. No, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C., he added.

Mr. Sharpton raised his concerns during Thursdays event after Ms. Manigault generated groans from the audience while giving her closing marks, according to multiplereports.

I am looking forward to continue to partner with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network of Los Angeles, but, more importantly, the president of the United States, Ms. Manigault told an reportedly unenthused audience.

Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the President would respect us, Mr. Sharpton said on stage afterwards, according to Politico.

Ms. Manigault, 43, gained fame over a decade ago as a contestant on The Apprentice, Mr. Trumps NBC reality show. She previously worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore in the 1990s and was a member of the Democratic Party before switching to Republican in 2015.

Shes currently an aide to the president as well as the communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison.

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Scathing Words Over Omarosa Manigault’s Appearance at Al Sharpton’s Convention – Observer

Applause greeted President Donald Trump aide Omarosa Manigault when she approached the podium at Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network convention this afternoonbut the civil rights leader and political commentator Angela Rye offered a harsh reproach to her and her boss aftershe resumed her seat.

Manigault, formerly a contestantonThe Apprentice, was one of Trumps foremost African-American supporters during last years campaign and today works as director of communications for the White House Office of the Public Liaison. She was one of several prominent black women to speak during the Power Luncheon portion of the second day of Sharptons annual summit at the Times Square Sheraton.

The Trump attache, a member of NANs Los Angeles branch, took boos when she mentioned the administrations first 100 daysbut assured the audience she had been working to direct the presidents attention to issues impacting black communities.

I am so happy to be back where I consider back home,’ Manigault said. As I fight for you from the White House, I need you to fight from the outside. We cant do it by ourselves.

In particular, she highlighted the presidents decision to move the executive branchs program of oversight and assistance to struggling historically black colleges from the Department of Education to the White House, the Department of Justices emphasis onviolence in the inner-city and the Environmental Protection Agencys $100 million water infrastructure grant tolead-poisoned Flint, Michigan. The last, however, was in fact approved under former President Barack Obama.

But Sharpton issued a stern rebuke to Manigault from the lectern moments later, asserting the president had failed to show respect for the black community.

I listened to sister Omarosa. And Omarosa said she knew where she came from. And I know where you going back to, he said, eliciting gasps from the crowd.You are in a very precarious position. Because you represent an administration that many of us here disagree with.

We as blacks and women are seeing a disaster in the first 100 days of the administration, he continued, jokingly telling the White House aide to exhale.

Sharptons remarks were mild comparedto those of Rye. The high-power advocate and a liberal pundit excoriated Manigault, who had exited the room, when she stood up to receive an award from NAN for her work.

She noted that many HBCU students receive federal Pell grants, which Trump has proposed cutting. She also slammed the presidents taxation and domestic spending priorities, which she asserted disproportionately would harm communities of color.

Im going to bring the fire right now. Moments ago, we were joined by your presidents apprentice, she said. The truth is, when you tell somebody youre going to fight for them, Im going to tell you how not to fight for them. You dont fight for them by putting forth a tax reform plan that cuts corporate tax rates but ignores the poor. You dont fight for them by cutting taxes for the rich, and ensuring that burden is going to be on the backs of the poor and ordinary black and brown people.

Rye also recalled Trumps 1989 demand that the five falsely accused black and Latino youths in the Central Park jogger case receive the death penalty, which he has never recanted. She also remembered that Trump and his father were the subject of repeated civil rights lawsuits that alleged they discriminated against black tenants, which were ultimately settled out of court.

Rye highlighted that Trump had also propagated the false claim that Obama was not an American-born citizen and thus ineligible for the office of the presidency, a claim the president retracted late in last years campaign.

How you dont fight for us is by pissing on me and telling me its raining! Thats not how you fight for me, she said to a standing ovation.

Rye dedicated her award to black activists Angela Davis Assata Shakurthe latter of whom has take refuge in Cuba to avoid charges that she killed a police officer, which she deniesand to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, among others.

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Eric Holder Rages Against ‘Un-American’ Voter ID Laws at Al Sharpton’s Convention – Observer

Former Attorney General Eric Holder used his speech on the first morningof Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network conventionto warnthat voting rightsparticularly those of communities of colorare currently under siege by Republican voter identification laws.

Holder, the first African-American to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, highlighted how courts had found GOP-backed North Carolina and Texas statutes obligating poll-goers to display a state-verified credential to be discriminatory. The appointee of former President Barack Obama accused Republicans of trying to change the rules to overcome growing demographic disadvantages.

He also made a dig at President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly assertedsans evidencethat millions of people illegally cast ballots in last Novembers election.

Over 50 years ago, the passage of perhaps the most significant civil rights legislation in our nations historythe Voting Rights Act of 1965that most basic of American rights, the right to vote, to protect and that most basic of American rights is now, as Rev. Al said, under siege, Holder said at the annual Manhattan gathering. Now to employ the language of our president, that is how elections are officially rigged by state governments controlled by his party.

History will be harsh in its assessment of those efforts, he continued.

Noting that studies have shown that actual instances of in-person voter fraud are extremely rare, Holder said the country should be making it easier for people to vote. He blasted what he described as un-American attempts to to make it more difficult for their fellow citizens to express their views.

He also argued there wasnt a need for voter identification because people are already required to in some way verify themselves at the polls. New York, for instance, has people sign their names in the voter roll.

Now let me start with a basic statement upon which youll all agree: every person attempting to vote should not show he or she is who they claim to be cause face it, too many today forget that this has always been the case, Holder continued. Let me say that again: it has always been a component to identify yourself before you cast a ballot.

Holder noted that the Census Bureau reported that in the 2008 presidential election, more than 70 million adult citizens did not vote and 60 million were not registered to vote.The real aim, he said, should be to establish automatic voter enrollment for all residents of a state.

This is one of the places where I think we should focus our efforts, he said.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio have repeatedly called for reforms to New Yorks voting system, including automatic voter registration of eligible voters, same-day registration and allowing registered voters to change their party enrollment closer to primary day, calling the system outdated and regressive. Ahead of the New York primary last April, tens of thousands of people, mainly in predominantly Hispanic Sunset Park, got removed from the voter books.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged similar reforms during his State of the State tour in January.

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Wednesday on MSNBCs Morning Joe, MSNBC host and National Action Network founder Al Sharpton explained why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could not win over black voters during the 2016Democratic presidential primary.

Sharpton said Sanders failed to realize the differences between Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, referring to predominantly African-American neighborhoods.

Bernie Sanders challenge, and I said to him, is that you cannot deal with sayingkill identity politics, economic populism and not deal with the racial problem in even dealing with economics. Because when he talks about, We must bring divided politics to the Main Street, theres adifference between Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. We cant act like the people on Main Street dont have some advantages that people on Martin Luther King Boulevard have. I think thats the challenge.

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Trump Aide Omarosa Manigault’s Speech to Sharpton Crowd: A Misadventure – National Legal and Policy Center

It wasnt quite the equivalent of entering the lions den. But Omarosa Manigault, a black official in the Trump administration, might not want to reenter. On April 27, Manigault (in photo), communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison, gave a luncheon talk at the annual confab of Al Sharptons nonprofit, National Action Network (NAN). Putting on a game face in defending the initiatives of her boss, Donald Trump, she assured the gathering that she would fight for you in the White House. The crowd, unimpressed, groaned or gave muted applause throughout. And a subsequent speaker was outright hostile. That Manigault is a member of the Los Angeles NAN chapter did not win her points. The experience should serve notice to conservatives that even an informal partnership with the Reverend Al is a losing proposition. April is a special month on the social calendar of Al Sharpton and his many admirers. Its when National Action Network holds its annual convention at the Sheraton Times Square in midtown Manhattan. There was a special urgency this time around. For the incumbent president is Donald Trump. And unlike his predecessor, Barack Obama, marquee speaker at the 2011 and 2014 NAN extravaganzas, Trump is no fan of Sharpton. And the feeling is mutual. Reverend Sharpton is a racial activist of the hard Left with a long history of demagoguery, in and outside his native New York City, in the service of social justice. As my book on the subject noted, his many public relations campaigns on behalf of an ostensibly aggrieved client have distorted the issues, on occasion turning lethal. But he does know his audience. On the morning of January 14, six days before Inauguration Day, for example, Sharpton spelled out his strategic vision at a NAN-sponsored outdoor rally in Washington, D.C. before an overwhelmingly black crowd. In a chilly drizzle, he declared: We come not to appeal to Donald Trump because hes made it clear what his policies are and what his nominations are. We come to say to the Democrats in the Senate and in the House and to the moderate Republicans, Get some backbone. Get some guts. We didnt send you down here to be weak-kneed. He specifically appealed to NAN members to lobby senators to oppose the nomination (eventually approved) of Jeff Sessions for attorney general. While Al Sharpton and Donald Trump arent quite ready to make face-to-face nice, they are communicating through an intermediary, Omarosa Manigault, director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison. Manigault, whose married name is Manigault-Newman she wed several weeks ago has been a minor celebrity for over a dozen years. Born in 1974, the Youngstown, Ohio native began her career during the Clinton era as a personnel officer for Vice President Al Gore and then, in a similar capacity, at the Commerce Department. Her entrance onto the national stage came in 2004 as a guest on the popular NBC-TV reality program, The Apprentice, a businessmans version of Battle of the Bands, hosted by future President Donald Trump. Her confrontational bad girl persona managed to alienate team members and win viewing audiences. Later, in 2008, Manigault would be a contestant on the Trump-hosted sequel show, Celebrity Apprentice; she received the hosts signature phrase, Youre fired, in the 10th episode. Apparently, she didnt stay fired for long. In June 2010, she and Trump created a short-lived dating show for TV One called The Ultimate Merger. In February 2013, she appeared on Trumps Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars. Along the line, her political beliefs evolved. In 2015, she announced that she had switched parties from Democrat to Republican. It was a smart career move. In July 2016, during the GOP nominating convention, Manigault announced she had been named African-American outreach director for the Trump presidential campaign. His victory in the November election led to her appointment in January. As Office of Public Liaison communications director, Omarosa Manigault-Newman knows that it is part of her job to win over tough audiences. And few audiences are tougher than Al Sharptons loyal fans. The Rev invited her to speak at a womens power luncheon last Thursday on April 27, part of National Action Networks annual four-day convention at the Sheraton Times Square, an invitation she accepted. Manigault announced that her speech would be an update on the last 100 days of what I have been doing. The crowd groaned. She then began: I know what I came into and Im not scaredI will fight for you in the White House. She got specific. Stillman College, she said, is fighting to keep its doors open, and I say that more as an appeal to you, because I cannot do this myself. She also called upon NAN leaders and members to help get clean water to Flint, Michigan, where the water supply as of late has been contaminated. And she noted that the Trump administration is starting up a micro-lending initiative to benefit minority small business owners. She closed her presentation: I am looking forward to partnering with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network in Los Angeles but more importantly, the President of the United States. Here, as before, the audience responded not with cheers but with groans. Not one to back down, she responded: I know who cashes my checks. The man of the hour, Al Sharpton, immediately followed. I want you to bring a message back that you were respected here at the National Action Network because thats how we behave, he said. Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the president would respect us. Actually, President Trump does respect National Action Network; thats precisely why he encouraged Ms. Manigault to attend. The problem is that he doesnt agree with NAN on most things as if he could be blamed for that. Sharpton delivered his big pitch. You are in a very precarious position because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, he said. But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues. I ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectfulNo, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C. He concluded by turning to Manigault and telling her, Im through, Omarosa. Exhale. Nobody ever denied that the Reverend Al had a sense of humor. Ms. Manigault at that point excused herself and exited the event. It might have been a good thing, too, given who followed her. That would be Angela Rye, a lawyer and the CEO of a Washington, D.C.-based political advocacy group, IMPACT Strategies. Ms. Rye, a black, knowing she was in her element, hammed it up. The truth is, she remarked, when you tell somebody that youre going to fight for them, Im going to tell you how not to fight for them. She reeled off a list of grievances against Trump, especially during the first 100 days of the administration. She denounced President Trumps tax reform package by claiming, without evidence, that the burden of that responsibility will be on the backs of the poor, who are inordinately black and brown people. She denounced his campaign comment that black voters had nothing to lose by voting for him. And she skewered him for his questioning former President Barack Obamas place of birth. How you dont fight for [your community] is by trivializing our first black president, Barack Obama, by questioning his citizenship, by questioning validity, said Ms. Rye. How you dont fight for us is by pissing on me and telling me its rain. The crowd lustily cheered and stood on their feet. Her parting shot: Resist, yall. The event wasnt a true disaster. Omarosa Manigault, after all, knew that she represented the visiting team and took it in stride. But it would be nave to suggest that her outreach did the Trump administration, or the American people, any good. Indeed, the effort was counterproductive in two ways. First, simply by speaking before a National Action Network convention, she lent credibility to the organization and its founder-president, Al Sharpton. Neither deserves an exalted position on the American political stage. NAN is a tool for demagoguery and will remain as such even after Sharpton steps down. Second, by telling attendees about the good things that the Trump administration is promising to do, Manigault set herself and her boss up for a fall. In the audiences eyes, Trump already had two strikes against him. These people are all too eager to discover a third strike, so as to declare, He aint done nothin for us. That would serve as a cue for Democratic Party leaders and their media courtiers to pronounce the Trump administration racist and its policies failed. None of President Trumps enemies are going to be impressed by the fact that Ms. Manigault is a dues-paying member of National Action Network. Donald Trump and Al Sharpton have known each other a long time. And though they are on opposite sides, they actually are fairly comfortable in each others presence. Its a New York thing. Sharpton acknowledged as much during his talk. He (Trump) and I have known each other for 30 years, Sharpton said. Both of us are outer-borough New Yorkers. He comes from Queens where they dont mind mixing it up and I come from Brooklyn where we kick butt and take names. Trump, more than anyone else, knows that the art of the deal, in or out of New York City, requires a strong hand. Unfortunately, thats not the kind of hand that his emissary, Omarosa Manigault, played last Thursday.

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Al Sharpton to attend burial for Queens Village fire victims – TimesLedger

By Naeisha Rose TimesLedger Newspapers Subscribe Get our stories in your inbox, free. Like TimesLedger on Facebook. Civil rights leader Al Sharpton, state Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) and Assemblyman Clyde Vanel (D-Cambria Heights) will be among the many mourners expected at the funeral Saturday for four of the five victims who died April 23 in a fast-moving house fire in Queens Village. Managing the funeral is family member Sheener Bailey-Briggs. Everything happens for a reason, but I dont know about this one, Bailey-Briggs said. A three-alarm fire took the lives of four family members and a friend on a quiet Sunday afternoon in Queens Village when the frame house at 112-16 208th St. burst into flames. No calls were made from the house and the Fire Department was alerted by a passing motorists six minutes after the fire first broke out. The cause of the blaze was still under investigation. Bailey-Briggs chose to have the funeral service at New Greater Bethel Ministries at 215-32 Jamaica Ave. in Queens Village not just to accommodate many family members, but because it was a place close to her heart, like her nephews and cousins who perished in the blaze. Bailey-Briggs was related to all four victims who will be remembered Saturday: Jada Foxworth, 20; Destiny Dones, 16; Rashawn Matthews, 10 and Chayce Lipford, 2. Sisters Jada and Destiny were her first cousins, once removed. Rashaw was her great nephew and Chayce her great-grandnephew. Bethel Ministries has served the extended family in difficult times before. I joined over 20 years ago, Bailey-Briggs said. When my mom died, and my cousin died in a motorcycle accident, I used this church. Planning this funeral has been the toughest thing she has ever done in her life, she said. For the past 12 days she has barely been sleeping or eating. I dont believe that it is true, Bailey-Briggs said. Everyday I drive past just to see if its true. I dont let my sister (Gwen) know. I drive pass the house. What a nightmare. Just pray for us to get through this. As she reads through the obituaries for her four relatives, she recalls her fondest memories of them. Chayce, his smile. That baby was too cute. Destiny, from the time that she was a baby, that girl walked with joy. If you think that God takes the best, he really did. That kid right there all four of them where joyful. They were rays of sunshine. Im not kidding. Despite the tragedy that has befallen her family, Bailey-Briggs is working diligently to put on a funeral that befits the family. This is going to be a beautiful funeral. It is going to be excellent. Just pray for us. Its a lot. The wake will be from 9 a.m. to 11.am. followed by the funeral from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A repast will be held at 4 p.m. The four young people will be buried at Pinelawn Cemetery in Farmingdale in L.I. The fifth victim, Melody Edwards, 17, was laid to rest Wednesday at Mount Moriah AME Church in Cambria Heights. Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 2604573. Posted 12:00 am, May 4, 2017 2017 Community News Group Subscribe Get our stories in your inbox, free. Like TimesLedger on Facebook.

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Al Sharpton raises concerns over Trump’s ‘disaster’ of an … – Washington Times

Al Sharpton asked White House aide Omarosa Manigault on Thursday to deliver a message to President Trump on behalf of blacks and women concerned with the disaster he created during his first three months in office. Ms. Manigault spoke at the National Action Network summit organized by Mr. Sharpton in New York City this week when the civil rights leader asked her to relay a message to the president. You are in a very precarious position, because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, Mr. Sharpton said to the White House aide and former reality show contestant, Politico reported. But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues and ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectful. No, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C., he added. Mr. Sharpton raised his concerns during Thursdays event after Ms. Manigault generated groans from the audience while giving her closing marks, according to multiplereports. I am looking forward to continue to partner with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network of Los Angeles, but, more importantly, the president of the United States, Ms. Manigault told an reportedly unenthused audience. Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the President would respect us, Mr. Sharpton said on stage afterwards, according to Politico. Ms. Manigault, 43, gained fame over a decade ago as a contestant on The Apprentice, Mr. Trumps NBC reality show. She previously worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore in the 1990s and was a member of the Democratic Party before switching to Republican in 2015. Shes currently an aide to the president as well as the communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison.

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Al Sharpton raises concerns over Trump’s ‘disaster’ of an administration with Omarosa Manigault – Washington Times

Al Sharpton asked White House aide Omarosa Manigault on Thursday to deliver a message to President Trump on behalf of blacks and women concerned with the disaster he created during his first three months in office. Ms. Manigault spoke at the National Action Network summit organized by Mr. Sharpton in New York City this week when the civil rights leader asked her to relay a message to the president. You are in a very precarious position, because you represent an administration that many of us disagree with, Mr. Sharpton said to the White House aide and former reality show contestant, Politico reported. But I would not be loyal to what I am if I did not address those issues and ask you to go back and tell them, Yes, they were respectful. No, they would not allow me to be silenced, but they told me to tell you that we as blacks and women are, in the first 100 days, seeing a disaster in Washington, D.C., he added. Mr. Sharpton raised his concerns during Thursdays event after Ms. Manigault generated groans from the audience while giving her closing marks, according to multiplereports. I am looking forward to continue to partner with you, continuing to work on behalf of the National Action Network of Los Angeles, but, more importantly, the president of the United States, Ms. Manigault told an reportedly unenthused audience. Weve had Bill OReilly here, weve had Sean Hannity here. We respect you. But I wish the President would respect us, Mr. Sharpton said on stage afterwards, according to Politico. Ms. Manigault, 43, gained fame over a decade ago as a contestant on The Apprentice, Mr. Trumps NBC reality show. She previously worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore in the 1990s and was a member of the Democratic Party before switching to Republican in 2015. Shes currently an aide to the president as well as the communications director for the White House Office of Public Liaison.

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Tom Perez Teams Up With Al Sharpton to Lambaste Trump’s First … – Observer

Observer Tom Perez Teams Up With Al Sharpton to Lambaste Trump's First … Observer The Rev. Al Sharpton, right, with DNC Chair Tom Perez, center, and former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Will Bredderman/Observer. Democratic National … and more »

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Scathing Words Over Omarosa Manigault’s Appearance at Al Sharpton’s Convention – Observer

Applause greeted President Donald Trump aide Omarosa Manigault when she approached the podium at Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network convention this afternoonbut the civil rights leader and political commentator Angela Rye offered a harsh reproach to her and her boss aftershe resumed her seat. Manigault, formerly a contestantonThe Apprentice, was one of Trumps foremost African-American supporters during last years campaign and today works as director of communications for the White House Office of the Public Liaison. She was one of several prominent black women to speak during the Power Luncheon portion of the second day of Sharptons annual summit at the Times Square Sheraton. The Trump attache, a member of NANs Los Angeles branch, took boos when she mentioned the administrations first 100 daysbut assured the audience she had been working to direct the presidents attention to issues impacting black communities. I am so happy to be back where I consider back home,’ Manigault said. As I fight for you from the White House, I need you to fight from the outside. We cant do it by ourselves. In particular, she highlighted the presidents decision to move the executive branchs program of oversight and assistance to struggling historically black colleges from the Department of Education to the White House, the Department of Justices emphasis onviolence in the inner-city and the Environmental Protection Agencys $100 million water infrastructure grant tolead-poisoned Flint, Michigan. The last, however, was in fact approved under former President Barack Obama. But Sharpton issued a stern rebuke to Manigault from the lectern moments later, asserting the president had failed to show respect for the black community. I listened to sister Omarosa. And Omarosa said she knew where she came from. And I know where you going back to, he said, eliciting gasps from the crowd.You are in a very precarious position. Because you represent an administration that many of us here disagree with. We as blacks and women are seeing a disaster in the first 100 days of the administration, he continued, jokingly telling the White House aide to exhale. Sharptons remarks were mild comparedto those of Rye. The high-power advocate and a liberal pundit excoriated Manigault, who had exited the room, when she stood up to receive an award from NAN for her work. She noted that many HBCU students receive federal Pell grants, which Trump has proposed cutting. She also slammed the presidents taxation and domestic spending priorities, which she asserted disproportionately would harm communities of color. Im going to bring the fire right now. Moments ago, we were joined by your presidents apprentice, she said. The truth is, when you tell somebody youre going to fight for them, Im going to tell you how not to fight for them. You dont fight for them by putting forth a tax reform plan that cuts corporate tax rates but ignores the poor. You dont fight for them by cutting taxes for the rich, and ensuring that burden is going to be on the backs of the poor and ordinary black and brown people. Rye also recalled Trumps 1989 demand that the five falsely accused black and Latino youths in the Central Park jogger case receive the death penalty, which he has never recanted. She also remembered that Trump and his father were the subject of repeated civil rights lawsuits that alleged they discriminated against black tenants, which were ultimately settled out of court. Rye highlighted that Trump had also propagated the false claim that Obama was not an American-born citizen and thus ineligible for the office of the presidency, a claim the president retracted late in last years campaign. How you dont fight for us is by pissing on me and telling me its raining! Thats not how you fight for me, she said to a standing ovation. Rye dedicated her award to black activists Angela Davis Assata Shakurthe latter of whom has take refuge in Cuba to avoid charges that she killed a police officer, which she deniesand to California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, among others.

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Eric Holder Rages Against ‘Un-American’ Voter ID Laws at Al Sharpton’s Convention – Observer

Former Attorney General Eric Holder used his speech on the first morningof Rev. Al Sharptons National Action Network conventionto warnthat voting rightsparticularly those of communities of colorare currently under siege by Republican voter identification laws. Holder, the first African-American to lead the U.S. Department of Justice, highlighted how courts had found GOP-backed North Carolina and Texas statutes obligating poll-goers to display a state-verified credential to be discriminatory. The appointee of former President Barack Obama accused Republicans of trying to change the rules to overcome growing demographic disadvantages. He also made a dig at President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly assertedsans evidencethat millions of people illegally cast ballots in last Novembers election. Over 50 years ago, the passage of perhaps the most significant civil rights legislation in our nations historythe Voting Rights Act of 1965that most basic of American rights, the right to vote, to protect and that most basic of American rights is now, as Rev. Al said, under siege, Holder said at the annual Manhattan gathering. Now to employ the language of our president, that is how elections are officially rigged by state governments controlled by his party. History will be harsh in its assessment of those efforts, he continued. Noting that studies have shown that actual instances of in-person voter fraud are extremely rare, Holder said the country should be making it easier for people to vote. He blasted what he described as un-American attempts to to make it more difficult for their fellow citizens to express their views. He also argued there wasnt a need for voter identification because people are already required to in some way verify themselves at the polls. New York, for instance, has people sign their names in the voter roll. Now let me start with a basic statement upon which youll all agree: every person attempting to vote should not show he or she is who they claim to be cause face it, too many today forget that this has always been the case, Holder continued. Let me say that again: it has always been a component to identify yourself before you cast a ballot. Holder noted that the Census Bureau reported that in the 2008 presidential election, more than 70 million adult citizens did not vote and 60 million were not registered to vote.The real aim, he said, should be to establish automatic voter enrollment for all residents of a state. This is one of the places where I think we should focus our efforts, he said. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio have repeatedly called for reforms to New Yorks voting system, including automatic voter registration of eligible voters, same-day registration and allowing registered voters to change their party enrollment closer to primary day, calling the system outdated and regressive. Ahead of the New York primary last April, tens of thousands of people, mainly in predominantly Hispanic Sunset Park, got removed from the voter books. Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged similar reforms during his State of the State tour in January.

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Sharpton: Bernie Sanders Lost Black Voters Because He Couldn’t … – Breitbart News

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER Wednesday on MSNBCs Morning Joe, MSNBC host and National Action Network founder Al Sharpton explained why Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could not win over black voters during the 2016Democratic presidential primary. Sharpton said Sanders failed to realize the differences between Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, referring to predominantly African-American neighborhoods. Bernie Sanders challenge, and I said to him, is that you cannot deal with sayingkill identity politics, economic populism and not deal with the racial problem in even dealing with economics. Because when he talks about, We must bring divided politics to the Main Street, theres adifference between Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. We cant act like the people on Main Street dont have some advantages that people on Martin Luther King Boulevard have. I think thats the challenge. I dont know that hes tone deaf as much as I dont know hes articulated his feelings hes communicated to us, Sharpton added. He really understands it. Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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Rev. Sharpton to focus on Trump’s actions during convention – New York Daily News

New York Daily News Rev. Sharpton to focus on Trump's actions during convention New York Daily News With President Trump approaching his 100th day in office, the Harlem-based civil rights group run by the Rev. Al Sharpton is stepping up its pressure on the White House, with a vocal call to arms in the fights for immigration rights and health care …

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