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'How many black people were in Lincoln West Wing?' campaign advisor offers bizarre defense of lack of diversity in the White House Katrina Pierson was interviewed by MSNBC host Al Sharpton on Saturday  Sharpton asked her to name people of color serving in 's White House  Pierson responded by saying: 'There's plenty of black people in the West Wing' She added: 'How many black people were in Abraham Lincoln's West Wing? Is Lincoln a racist because he didn't have a black person in his White House?'  Sharpton replies: 'It's unthinkable in the 21st century that even a spokesperson for President can't name a black in the West Wing'

By Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com

Published: 23:16 GMT, 10 March 2019 | Updated: 23:16 GMT, 10 March 2019

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A senior advisor for President Donald 's 2020 re-election campaign defended lack of diversity in the White House by asking how many African Americans served in President Abraham Lincoln's administration.

Katrina Pierson posed the question during a heated back-and-forth with Al Sharpton on Saturday after the MSNBC host asked her to name people of color serving in top positions under President

'Historically, Republicans and Democrats have had major figures of the black community in the West Wing as part of their senior staff and administration,' Sharpton said before posing his question to Pierson and Media Matters for America founder David Brock.

'Who are the blacks in the West Wing under President ?'

Pierson, who also ran 's 2016 campaign, responded: 'You mean those who took the job or those who were offered? Because those are two entirely different questions.' 

Tensions rose as Sharpton pressed her to answer his question and the pair began talking over each other.

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Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign, defended lack of diversity in the White House by asking how many African Americans served in President Abraham Lincoln's administration in the 1860s during an MSNBC interview Saturday

Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for President Donald 's 2020 re-election campaign, defended lack of diversity in the White House by asking how many African Americans served in President Abraham Lincoln's administration in the 1860s during an MSNBC interview Saturday

Pierson - a senior advisor for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign - and MSNBC host Al Sharpton (center) got into a heated row about diversity in the administration as Media Matters for America founder David Brock (right) couldn't get a word in. Pierson struggled to name a black staffer in the West Wing but said it was ridiculous to suggest that the president is racist

Pierson - a senior advisor for 's 2020 re-election campaign - and MSNBC host Al Sharpton (center) got

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