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Piers Morgan and Tucker Carlson compare Omarosa to Rob Porter, Russia, and the #MeToo abusers

On Tuesday night, President Trump's White House was embroiled in an escalating week-long scandal over former staff secretary Rob Porter, and Trump's longtime personal lawyer just admitted to making a secret pre-election $130,000 payment to a porn star who said she'd had an extramarital affair with Trump. So naturally, Fox News host Tucker Carlson decided to talk about Omarosa Manigault Newman.

Maybe the White House is worried about Omarosa using her Celebrity Big Brother platform to dish about the White House, but Carlson's guest, Piers Morgan, judged it "absolutely ridiculous that we're even having to discuss Omarosa." He warmed up to the subject. Trump made a grave error putting Omarosa in the West Wing, he said, and now "she's squealing like a canary and taking them all down, as of course she was going to."

"I mean, for all the time we spend on the Russia story, this is a bigger scandal," Carlson agreed, laughing. Morgan compared Omarosa to Rob Porter, which was a bridge too far for Carlson. Omarosa "is probably in her own category," he said. Trump's White House is "not chock full of Omarosas." He turned to Morgan's Celebrity Apprentice stint with Omarosa.

"She's absolutely appalling, literally one of the worst human beings I've ever encountered in my life," Morgan said. He called Omarosa "vicious, conniving, scheming, plotting, treacherous," and claimed the first thing she did when they met on set was proposition him. "She said, 'On The Apprentice, everyone has sex together, so you and I could do that and then we could sell it and make loads of money.' I said, 'Are you completely deluded? What!? Please go away.' She said, 'What? What's the matter with you? Are you gay?'" Carlson found this hilarious. "So this is your #MeToo moment," he said, laughing.

In the White House, "you can just bet your life she was there listening, plotting, scheming, probably tape-recording," Morgan promised. If so, you know where to tune in.