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Omarosa says she tried to be ‘the voice of reason’ in Trump White House

Omarosa Manigault arrives before a news briefing at the White House in February 2017. ( <span class="text">EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)</span>

Late-night host Stephen Colbert didn’t waste any time during his one-on-one interview with former White House staffer and reality star Omarosa Manigault Newman on Wednesday night. Gone was the friendly banter and feigned camaraderie of a typical talk show pit stop. Who cared about Omarosa’s next “project?” All the “Late Show” host — and the rest of the country — really wanted to know was what she really thought about President Trump.

Before finishing in fifth place, Omarosa spent most of her recent stint on “Celebrity Big Brother” bashing her former boss and his administration. Most memorably she told a fellow house guest that America’s future looked bleak: “It’s going to not be okay. It’s not,” she said.

“What do you mean by that?” Colbert asked. This being Omarosa — the original reality show villain who by her own admission is “ratings gold” — there could always be wiggle room.

Omarosa responded with a laugh. Straight-faced, Colbert pressed on.

“And what was that, a joke? Because you’re laughing about it but he’s chilled and I’m chilled by watching it because you know Donald Trump and you were in the White House and you were close to the events that were happening,” Colbert said. “What do you mean it’s not going to be okay?”

Omarosa explained that her most quoted line from the competition was “part of a larger discussion” she was having with fellow contestant Ross Mathews about immigration.

“That’s why I was a bit emotional. Because what’s happening with a lot of the immigrants who are being put out of this country without giving them the consideration that this is a nation of immigrants and that we should have compassion, particularly with ‘dreamers,’” she said.

“I’ll ask you again,” Colbert said. “Is everything going to be okay under Donald Trump?”

“We’ll have to wait and see,” answered Omarosa.

The audience booed, either in response to Omarosa’s evasive spin or to Trump in general.

During the rest of their time together, Colbert essentially tried to get the reality show vet to explain her decision to work in the Trump White House. The comedian even ran through a list of what he believed to be the president’s most controversial lowlights — bragging about grabbing women, the Muslim ban, supporting Roy Moore, insulting Sen. John McCain, “throwing paper towels” at hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico — and asked Omarosa to respond. She called each moment “awful” but added that she didn’t regret trying to be “the voice of reason at the table.”

“Watching him in this position has caused me to be excited sometimes and sometimes be very concerned,” she said. “I think if you woke up tomorrow and your best friend was president, you’d have that same range of emotions.”

“If my best friend was president tomorrow, I’d feel better because she is way smarter than I am,” answered Colbert.