Go Away Omarosa


Omarosa Manigault Newman, one of the many grifters who have come and gone from the Trump White House, has taken her talents back to reality television.

In a desperate bid to maintain relevance, Manigault—who claims she voluntarily stepped down from the Trump administration in December but was reportedly escorted off the White House grounds—became a contestant on the reality show Celebrity Big Brother. Luckily for the show’s producers, they landed the perfect heel for this season.

On a recent episode, Manigault—using her best Tearful Whisper—tells fellow contestant and RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews she was “haunted” by President Donald Trump’s tweets. When asked if the American public should be worried about the current political climate, Manigault said, “It’s gonna not be OK.”

Here’s the full exchange, which I encourage you to reenact with a friend at happy hour tonight:

Mathews: From the outside, as a voter, as a citizen, I never got it—why you went to the White House with him.
Manigault: I felt like, it was like a call to duty. I felt like I was serving my country, not serving him. Whenever was it I’m accepting a political appointment, it was always about the country. Like, I was haunted by tweets every single day. Like, ‘What is he going to tweet next?’
Mathews: Does anybody say to him, ‘What are you doing?’
Manigault: I mean, I tried to be that person, and then all the people around him attacked me. It was like, ‘Keep her away from him. Don’t give her access. Don’t let her talk to him.’ And it’s like, Ivanka’s there. Jared’s there. And it’s… [sniffles]
Mathews: [barely containing his glee] Who has that power to say what’s going on?
Manigault: I don’t know. I’m not there. It’s not my circus, not my monkeys. I’d like to say, ‘not my problem,’ but I can’t say that because… [whispers dramatically] it’s bad.
Mathews: Should we be worried?
Manigault: [nods somberly]
Mathews: Ugh, don’t say that! Because we are worried, but I need you to say, ‘No, it’s going to be OK.’
Manigault: No, it’s gonna not be OK. It’s not.
Mathews: [sighs heavily]
Manigault: It’s so bad.

It’s worth remembering that Manigault does not deserve our pity in the slightest. Before the 2016 election, she said Donald Trump’s detractors would have to “bow down” to him. “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump,” she told Frontline at the time. “It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who ever disagreed, who ever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”

After a white supremacist killed a female protestor in Charlottesville, Manigault defended Trump’s statement that there was “blame on both sides” by comparing violent white supremacist groups to the Black Lives Matter movement.

This version of Omarosa Manigault Newman—not leaking crocodile tears into her blanket on reality TV—is the one to remember.

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