BOYLE HEIGHTS — Omarosa Manigault was widely known as a combative reality TV star before becoming a highly visible African-American supporter of Donald Trump during his presidential campaign. But in Boyle Heights, Manigault is also known as a preacher, serving as assistant pastor at the Weller Street Missionary Baptist Church. On Sunday, protesters gathered outside the small church as Manigualt, best known by her first name, delivered her last sermon as she heads to take a job in the Trump White House, said CBS2.
Omarosa, who had appeared as a contestant on the president’s TV show, The Apprentice, has been connected to the predominately African-American church as a pastor for many years, according to CBS2. She was named assistant pastor of the church, located on Gless Street, in 2011. In a 2013 interview with Essence, Omarosa said:“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 and when God is ready for me to be in a leadership position in that way, I will accept. Right now I’m being obedient and allowing him to guide me, which is so different than anything I’ve ever done in my life because I’ve always been so ambitious and a go-getter. But listening to what God tells you he wants you to do is incredible.”
On Sunday, Omarosa, who will serve as Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison, made no mention of Trump, according to CBS2. As Omarosa was being honored inside the church, outside a group of union members and other demonstrators marched outside holding picket signs. “We aren’t here to antagonize the church or the membership or the clergy but we are here to oppose the Trump Administration” a protester said.
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