Former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman revealed on Sunday that one of the so-called “section leaders” in charge of orchestrating chants at President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies is Mike Pence’s nephew, John Pence.
“I had to attend many of these rallies when I worked on the campaign and even in the White House,” Newman said in an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton. “There are these section leaders who start the chant, control how long the chants go and quiet them down when they want to.”
Omarosa explained that these “section leaders” are deeply embedded within the crowd at the rallies.
“In fact, you’ll be surprised to learn that Vice President Pence’s nephew, John Pence, is one of the big coordinators of these rallies,” she continued. “And so this is how closely these rallies are coordinated with also what’s going on in the White House. John Pence is a very big key player in the campaign, but he’s particularly responsible for all of the staging and choreography of the campaigns and, yes, they are very much orchestrated and manufactured to get the outcome that we saw from Donald Trump saying ‘go back to your countries that you came from’ and ‘if you don’t love it, leave it.’ ”
“All of that is coordinated and manufactured to stoke fear in this country and we’ve seen it, we feel it, and they’re going to continue on because they believe it’s a winning strategy,” she explained.
“So when we saw the president in North Carolina this week and the crowd started yelling ‘send her back, send her back’ and he stood there 13 seconds – we have it on videotape – and as they continued to shout this and he later tried the next day to disassociate himself, Then he came all the way back and supported that, you are saying that crowd could not have done that 13 seconds without the section leaders letting them do it, cheering them on, and not trying to shut them up?” Sharpton asked Omarosa.
“If he wanted to shut it down, he would have looked to his right which is where the lead is standing, and he would have given a signal,” Newman explained. “They would have been shut down immediately. The way that he stepped back and he basked in the glow of these ugly chants, it indicated to the section leaders to let them keep going, to stoke them up, to keep it going.”
“I think it would be important to have cameras kind of pan to the crowds at the next rally and you will see the orchestration, the coordination and how they manufacture this environment that makes Donald Trump look like this horrible leader that he is because he loves it,” she continued. “You saw him basking in it because that is the end result that he was going for.”