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Omarosa says Trump will compete for black vote

Omarosa sets the record straight about Trump's hair

Omarosa, the star of NBC's "The Apprentice," who went on to become a businesswoman and is now part of Trump's campaign, discusses his golden hair at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.
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Omarosa, the star of NBC's "The Apprentice," who went on to become a businesswoman and is now part of Trump's campaign, discusses his golden hair at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio on July 20, 2016.

Omarosa Manigault, director of African American outreach for Donald Trump, criticized the media Wednesday for portraying the Republican presidential candidate as not inclusive.

“It’s just not true,” Manigault told California Republicans attending the national convention. “So a lot of what you and I need to do is education.”

She also pushed back on polling that suggests the New York businessman is receiving low-single-digit support from black voters nationally. In Cleveland, less than 1 percent of the party’s 2,472 convention delegates are African American.

Addressing a question from a black member of the group, Manigault acknowledged the Trump campaign has work to do.

“The Democratic Party thinks that they have a lock on the African American vote,” she said. “And yet after seven years of Democratic reign, unemployment in the African American community is at an all-time high, particularly young black men under 30.”

Trump is planning outreach in minority television, radio and newspapers, Manigault said.

“We just have to educate. That means that we have a campaign of going into the churches, going into beauty shops, going into barbershops.”

Manigault, a Youngstown native and, since appearing on Trump’s NBC show “The Apprentice,” perhaps the best-known F.O.T. (Friend of Trump), couldn’t leave without addressing the question she’s frequently asked about: the authenticity of his shock of straw-colored hair.

Her answer: “It’s all real.”

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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