Amid a media tour for her new show, “House of Villains,” Omarosa Manigault Newman expressed skepticism about her former boss Donald Trump‘s chances of running for president again.
Their history includes her appearances on “The Apprentice” and her roles in Trump’s presidential campaign and administration, which ended contentiously in 2017.
Omarosa Shades Donald Trump’s Second-Term Presidential Run
In an interviewduring a media tour for her new show “House of Villains,” former White House employee Omarosa Manigault Newman expressed doubts about Donald Trump’s political prospects, suggesting that it would be difficult for him to run for president again, especially if he faces legal troubles.
“I think it would be very hard for Donald Trump to run for president from jail,” Omarosa told Page Six. She emphasized the likelihood of the 77-year-old ending up in jail before making a presidential comeback, adding: “It’ll be very hard.”
Omarosa’s comments referred to Trump’s ongoing $250 million civil fraud trial in New York, where he is accused of making false statements in business documents. However, the former president has vehemently denied the claims and declared his intention to personally appear in court to defend his “name and reputation.”
Omarosa And Donald Trump’s Relationship Timeline
Omarosa and Trump first crossed paths during her appearance as a contestant on the inaugural season of “The Apprentice” in 2003. Her reputation for a determined and competitive demeanor led her to subsequent appearances on Trump’s shows, including “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “The Ultimate Merger.”
Their association continued for over a decade, culminating in her role as Director of African-American Outreach during Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. After his election victory, the Ohio native assumed the position of Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison.
However, her tenure came to an end in December 2017 when she was dismissed by then-chief of staff John F. Kelly, an episode she later detailed in her 2018 memoir titled “Unhinged.” Omarosa has since distanced herself from Trump and openly expressed regret for her support of his administration.
Omarosa Calls Donald Trump The ‘Biggest Fraud’
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Omarosa admitted that she was deceived by Trump when she participated in “The Apprentice” and later served in his White House. Reflecting on her experience, she expressed her disbelief, adding, “For me, I just can’t believe I fell for a con man, a con man who turned out to be the biggest fraud.”
The “House of Villans” star revealed that much of the reality TV competition’s backdrop, which they believed to be real, was actually “fabricated, and it was just a house of cards.”
She continued, “So, I mean, we were duped, and we were young entrepreneurs thinking that we were really gonna learn something from this brilliant businessman. All we learned was not the art of the deal but the art of the con.”
In her 2018 exposé, Omarosa also accused Trump of employing racist and misogynistic language regarding Black individuals and women.
Omarosa Reveals Why She Joined ‘House Of Villains’
In her chat with Page Six, Omarosa, who, along with her “House of Villains” castmates, is vying for a $200,000 cash prize on the show, shared that some of her fellow contestants showed interest in her previous political work. In contrast, others, like Corinne Olympios from “Bachelor Nation,” seemed disengaged from politics, which Omarosa found disappointing.
She humorously hinted at Olympios’ lack of political knowledge with a snide remark, stating, “I don’t even know that she could spell ‘White House.’”
However, she praised Jax Taylor from “Vanderpump Rules” and Anfisa Arkhipchenko from “90 Day Fiancé” for their ability to engage in socio-political discussions.
Omarosa explained that she joined the “House of Villains” project as a way to celebrate her nearly 20-year career in the entertainment industry. “I wanted to do something fun to celebrate my 20 years in this crazy business.”
She saw it as a return to old-school reality TV, where contestants live together, strategize, connive, and backstab. She described the experience as “delicious.”
Omarosa added: “When (my) agency called me and pitched it to me, I thought, ‘This sounds like old-school reality TV.’ (We’re) getting back to the roots, in a house living with people you don’t know, strategizing, conniving and backstabbing.” She described the experience as “delicious.”