Omarosa praises Kamala Harris's 'historic' campaign

Omarosa praises Kamala Harris's 'historic' campaign

Former Trump White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank On The Money: Powell asserts Fed's independence amid new Trump attacks | House approves 3 billion spending package | CBO projects 'unprecedented' debt levels by 2049 | Democrats struggle with Trump tax law provision DOJ files federal lawsuit against Omarosa, alleging she violated ethics law MORE praised Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants MORE's (D-Calif.) 2020 campaign as “important” and “historic” during an interview published Thursday.

"I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Kamala Harris and how important and how historic her race is," Manigault Newman told BuzzFeed in the interview, noting that her praise of the California lawmaker did not necessarily mean she would be voting for her.

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"In the spirit of Shirley Chisholm, I think it's important that we look at the only African American woman that's in the race and how important black women are, to how important they were to the last election and how important they will be to this election."

Manigault Newman, who was fired from her White House position as communications director for the Office of Public Liaison in December 2017, has been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade MORE since leaving his team.

She told BuzzFeed that in the 2020 election she will be an independent voter, and has yet to make her mind up on a candidate.

Manigault Newman also asserted to the outlet that how Trump campaigned in 2016 against Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Harris, Ocasio-Cortez pitch bill to increase housing assistance for individuals with criminal record MORE, now the Housing and Urban Development secretary, shows how he would campaign against a black candidate in the general election.

“When Ben Carson was leading in the polls over Donald Trump, his first attack was that was Ben Carson was crazy, and started to attack him mentally, and then he started to assail his character,” Manigault Newman said. “I think that you'll see much of the same from Donald Trump that he will start to attack things that generally aren't political.” 

“[The attacks] will be very, very personal and will have an undertone of the -isms, whether it's sexism, or racism, or misogyny,” she added. “You'll see a lot of those same kind of themes in Donald Trump's race if he goes head-to-head against an African American candidate.”