“There is no question that there are some very extreme policies, but as Donald says, I am his Valerie Jarrett,” said Manigault during a one-on-one-interview with CEO Linda Spradley Dunn at the Odyssey Network Business Retreat, an invitation-only conference for multicultural women. (Editor’s note: The interview has been taken off the site of Essence magazine, which published Manigault’s sit-down with Spradley Dunn.)
“I’m the person who pulls him back when he goes too far,” added Manigault, who “doesn’t represent the campaign in an official capacity,” according to Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks.
In February, Manigault pointed out Fox News contributor Tamara Holder’s “big boobs” during a contentious interview about Trump’s position on the Black Lives Matter movement and the Iraq War. Despite that cringe-inducing screen moment and others, Manigault, an ordained minister, said that it was her responsibility to make sure the presidential candidate doesn’t “go all the way off the edge.”
Manigault added that she reserves the right to throw her hands up and leave “the room” (that place where decisions are made and tweets should be censored), but then things would probably just get crazier. “And anyone that thinks we don’t need to be in those rooms,” said Manigault, “is naïve.”
“I check Trump every time he says something crazy,” she continued in the interview. “I told him to stop calling Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas.” So there’s that.