A Trump 2020 campaign advisor on Sunday dismissed a question about the lack of diversity within President Trump’s administration by asking how many black people worked in President Abraham Lincoln’s administration.
“I’m not going to participate in the attempt to make this all about race. It is ridiculous,” Katrina Pierson, who is African American, said during an appearance on MSNBC.
“How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln’s West Wing?” she asked.
Pierson invoked the 16th president of the United States after Rev. Al Sharpton pressed her on how many black people work inside the White House. She accused Sharpton of attempting to paint the president as a racist.
“Everything has to be made about race, reverend … I’m not going to participate if you’re going to continue to paint this president as racist,” Pierson said.
Sharpton then asked how Trump can appeal to black voters without hiring African-Americans within his administration.
Pierson said there are “plenty of black people” in the West Wing.
“There’s plenty of black people working in the White House,” Pierson said, before bringing up the lack of diversity inside Lincoln’s White House.
“If you’ve got to go back to Abe Lincoln you’ve really need to shop it,” Sharpton replied.
“Is Abraham Lincoln a racist because he didn’t have a black person in his White House? This is insane. This is an insane discussion,” she added.
I asked Katrina Pierson (Trump’s 2020 Campaign Senior Advisor) if Trump would sign a bill on reparations if it got through the Senate and the House, this was her response. #PoliticsNation pic.twitter.com/rA0qpAl3Gt
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) March 10, 2019