WASHINGTON WATCH: Rev. Omarosa Manigault On Support Of Pres. Obama’s Re-Election Campaign; Black Churches Role In 2012 Campaign

A lot of star power came out to support the President’s reelection efforts, and this lady here with me now is no exception, Rev. Omarosa Manigault. She, of course, was in Chicago on election night, kickin’ it with folks there. They celebrated President Barack Obama’s win.

Roland Martin sat down with Omorosa to discuss her support for the President’s re-election campaign and Donald Trump’s antics during the 2012 election cycle.

MR. MARTIN:   Welcome back.

A lot of star power came out to support the President’s reelection efforts, and this lady here with me now is no exception, Rev. Omorosa Manigault.  She, of course, was in Chicago on election night, kickin’ it with folks there.  They celebrated President Barack Obama’s win.

You’re joining us now here on “Washington Watch.”

What’s hap’nin’?

REV. OMOROSA MANIGAULT:  What’s goin’ on, Roland?

MR. MARTIN:  All good.

So, what was it like there –

REV. MANIGAULT:  First of all –

MR. MARTIN:  — in Chicago?

REV. MANIGAULT:  — I was texting you the whole night – [chuckles] – because you were cracking us up.  We were back in a room where we could actually hear some of the coverage, and yours was some of the more colorful coverage.

MR. MARTIN:  Well, you know –

REV. MANIGAULT:  So, thank you.  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  — we were talking about the marijuana initiatives being passed, and everyone was trying to be all serious.  So, I called it the “puff pass proposal.”

REV. MANIGAULT:  That almost had me just cracking up all night.

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

REV. MANIGAULT:  But, you know, I left Ohio.  I’d been in – stumping in Ohio for Obama, and then I left that day to get to Chicago in enough time to do the election night with the President and the First Family.

MR. MARTIN:  So, how was it?

REV. MANIGAULT:  It was amazing.  It was – there was a lot of tension, I have to tell you, early in the night because [of] just how it was covered and how the states were being called.  And it was very confusing for folks if they didn’t understand the Electoral College –

MR. MARTIN:  ’Scuse me.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — because –

MR. MARTIN:  All the early states were all – people were – people were texting, tweeting me, and they were saying, “Oh, my God!  What’s happening?”  I remember Emmitt Smith was traveling from L.A. to Te- —

REV. MANIGAULT:  — yeah.

MR. MARTIN:  — back to Texas.  He’s like, “Man, what’s going on?”

I’m like, “Dude, chill.”


MR. MARTIN:  “Kentucky was never on the Obama map.”

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  “Okay?”  All those early states that were coming in were GOP states.

REV. MANIGAULT:  Absolutely.  But I had a lot of tension because I felt a lot of responsibility for doing – [unintelligible] – in Ohio – just personally, on the ground, the work that I did and just all the folks that worked so hard to get people to the polls.  And so we didn’t go early enough for me.  Everybody in the room was – I felt like all eyes –

MR. MARTIN:  Okay.  The –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — were on me.

MR. MARTIN:  — election in 2008 was called at 11 p.m.  This year, it was called at 11:17.


MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

REV. MANIGAULT:  Still.  It still was a very long night, but I was very proud of what happened in Ohio and how critical my state has become to this important race, and that we delivered for the President.

MR. MARTIN:  Now, let’s talk about some crazy stuff.  Now, you have been on two, different “Apprentices.”  You had “The Ultimate Merger” on TV One.  Donald Trump did all of those.

At some point during this campaign, did you ever call him and say, “Will you shut the hell up!”

REV. MANIGAULT:  Can I tell you something very interesting?  While the campaign was going, we were taping “Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars,” and the night that he was making this big challenge to the President, we had a board –

MR. MARTIN:  Which –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — meeting.

MR. MARTIN:  — one?  There was – the – the du- —

REV. MANIGAULT:  The $5 million.

MR. MARTIN:  — the dumb 5 million one?  [Unintelligible] –

REV. MANIGAULT:  We were –

MR. MARTIN:  — of them.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — sitting across from him in the boardroom.  There were five African-Americans at the – on the show, and we all were giving him the side-eye, including Arsenio, who was a guest advisor that night.  So, he was surrounded by black folks on the day that he decided to make this challenge to the President.

MR. MARTIN:  But what – I mean wha- — I mean I don’t – I don’t get what – what he – I mean all the nonsense.  I’mma tell you right now.  He ticked off a who-o-ole bunch of black folks –

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  — with all that birther stuff and – and continually throwing the stuff out there.  And then he tweets on election night, calling for a coup d’état and “America’s going” – “going to hell in a hand basket.”  Just nuts!

REV. MANIGAULT:  You know, it’s difficult to watch any of the Republicans these days and their reaction to losing such an important election.  And Barack knows who his true supporters are.  Donald Trump was never going to be a supporter of Barack Obama.  Let’s be very clear.  And I think that Mitt Romney paid the price for teaming up with Donald Trump and this whole birther movement, and he is paying –

MR. MARTIN:  [Chuckles.]

REV. MANIGAULT:  — the ultimate price.

MR. MARTIN:  All right.  So, you’ve been in – so, you were out on the campaign trail supporting the President.  In the – you used to work in the White House under – under the Clinton –

REV. MANIGAULT:  Worked under –

MR. MARTIN:  — so –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — Clinton, Gore and Bush, sure.

MR. MARTIN:  — anything else you plan on getting hooked up with, with politics?

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  Any – anybody else?

REV. MANIGAULT:  I’m staying in the pulpit.  I mean we had this whole movement getting the “souls to the polls.”

MR. MARTIN:  Right.

REV. MANIGAULT:  You know this –

MR. MARTIN:  Right.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — driving folks –

MR. MARTIN:  Right.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — to the polls and getting folks out.  I really believe that our work in, you know, our churches [is] going to be continuing to be important for any political movement.  You’re going to have to come back to the faith base, because we really make a difference.

MR. MARTIN:  Well, look, I – I talked to several pastors in the wake of the election.  They were pretty much – they were pre- — some of them were upset when you looked at the media narrative that really focused on Latino voters –


MR. MARTIN:  — folks – LGBT voters, focused on young voters – as if black folks were an afterthought –

REV. MANIGAULT:  Well, because –

MR. MARTIN:  — when, if you –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — there [were] those rumors that black pastors weren’t supporting the President.

MR. MARTIN:  — okay, but first of all, those – okay.  Those were pastors nobody’s ever heard of!

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Laughs.]

MR. MARTIN:  All right?  I mean I – I blew those guys out of the water.  I mean that whole notion they were going to flip 25 percent of the black electorate – I mean, look.  That – that – they – talk about “puff pass”?  That’s exactly what they were doing.

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Laughs.]

MR. MARTIN:  They were all doin’ puff and pass.

But again, black voters were so central in Florida, in Virginia, in Ohio, and even when you talk about – although he lost North Carolina –


MR. MARTIN:  — the tr- — the turnout was still huge.  And the church played a central role –

REV. MANIGAULT:  Very central –

MR. MARTIN:  — in that.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — role.  And when I listen to the folks in my congregation, yeah, they were hurting.  Folks were hurting from a[n] economic standpoint, from healthcare, from issues that we are s- — deem as important.  And some of the folks weren’t speaking to those issues, and they felt the campaign wasn’t speaking to their issues.  But to say to a congregation, as some of those pastors said, “Don’t vote,” I think, was just downright irresponsible.  That didn’t happen in my church, but I saw that happen inn some churches across –

MR. MARTIN:  I’m going to –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — the country.

MR. MARTIN:  — ask you on that – on that point in terms of driving those issues home, are – do you believe you’re going to see African-American pastors, you’re going to see the black Church.  You’re going to see people saying, “Okay.  Now, we turned out.”

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  “Now, you know, we were real quiet and calm for four years.  Mr. President, what you got for the next four years?”

REV. MANIGAULT:  Well, I’ve read some of your commentary, and you’re leading that cause that we need to have a black agenda, that there has to be a very clear black agenda.  And this White House is going to have to deliver for black folks.  We said we’d wait.  We turned out the vote, but now we have to see some dividends as a result of our loyalty –

MR. MARTIN:  Well –

REV. MANIGAULT:  — to this party.

MR. MARTIN:  — on this show, we call it “return on investment.”  And we know you like money, like – like we all do.

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

MR. MARTIN:  So, we understand ROI.

REV. MANIGAULT:  I think that you say it more eloquently in your writing.

MR. MARTIN:  [Laughs.]

REV. MANIGAULT:  Folks need to – I – folks need to read some of the things that Roland has written about that.  But I’m with you.  There has to be a clear black av-

— agenda, and that agenda has to be presented very clearly to the President.

MR. MARTIN:  All right.  Well, we appreciate it.  And –


MR. MARTIN:  — good to see you again.  We’ll hang out another –

REV. MANIGAULT:  And you –

MR. MARTIN:  — time.

REV. MANIGAULT:  — as well.

MR. MARTIN:  All right.  Omorosa, thanks a bunch.  I appreciate it.

REV. MANIGAULT:  [Chuckles.]

  • flyangel69

    When did she become a Rev.?

  • Tee

    Good to see you my sister out and about after the death of your love Michael Clarke Duncan.