Olivia Pope may be a fictional character from ABC’s hit drama “Scandal,” but her story reflects the real life of Black women working in Washington and other political arenas across the county — one happens to be our favorite “Celebrity Apprentice” villain Omarosa Manigault.
HelloBeautiful caught up with the reality TV star at the Los Angeles premiere of 12 Years A Slave, and although she had never heard the comparisons before, she admitted that there are a few correlations between her life and Ms. Pope’s.
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“I came out of the White House, I never slept with the President. I was never involved with any of the scandals, although our White House did have quite a few,” said Omarosa, who worked as a political consultant during the Clinton Administration.
“We had Travelgate, we had Monica Lewinsky, we had impeachment, okay let me just stop! We had fundraising scandals. I take it back,” she said, laughing. “I can see the comparisons! When I started listing them I’m like ‘Wait a minute!'”
Speaking of White House affairs, the self-proclaimed Gladiator said she was glad to see the 16-day government shutdown come to an end.
“When I was in the White House the first time that there was a shutdown and I remember the families,” she said. “I think there was a million plus furloughed government workers and how people were barely making ends meet. I think about the 16 days of how people tried to survive. So when I hear that this deal is being made, not just to end the shutdown but to raise the debt ceiling, I am very, very glad that cooler, smarter and wiser minds have prevailed because this whole move to undermined the Affordable Healthcare Act is ridiculous.”
She added, “The Republicans need to be ashamed of themselves. So I am very glad because it would have been catastrophic if they had not gotten a deal.”
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