Here's How Omarosa Responded When 'The View' Ladies Asked Her If Trump Was 'Using Her for Optics'

Posted: Jan 28, 2017 9:15 AM

Omarosa Manigault, former “Apprentice” star turned White House employee, braved an appearance on “The View” Friday morning. The hosts, particularly Joy Behar and Sunny Hostin, were dumbfounded as to how Omarosa, as an African-American woman, could not only support but work for a man like Donald Trump.

Hostin had a theory.

“The criticism in the African-African community has been that Donald Trump is just using you for optics,” she said.

“First of all no one uses me,” Manigault returned, matter-of-factly.

Manigault, who is now the White House's director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison, explained how she is “the embodiment of the American Dream.” Not only did she grow up on welfare, but she had to battle back from multiple family tragedies, before eventually being accepted to Howard University and entering into politics.

“I earned my way to sit in the White House no one gave me anything,” she told "The View" anchors.

Manigault implored the ladies of “The View” to overcome their biases and give Trump a chance.

Trump, she informed them, garnered 13 percent of the African-American vote in November, doubling that of Romney’s in 2012. That, she explained, is because Trump's policies are poised to boost minority communities.