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James Hibberd
August 04, 2015 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Ohhhhh,” went the TV critics when the question was asked. 

ABC’s prolific hitmaker Shonda Rhimes, and several cast members from the writer-producer’s Thursday night dramas were on stage at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour on Tuesday afternoon when a reporter asked the team: “If she had campaign manager hat on, how would [Scandal’s D.C. crisis manager] Olivia Pope handle Donald Trump?”

“Do you think she would tell him to do something about the hair?” Rhimes suggested to Kerry Washington, who plays Pope. 

“We have a really good hair department on the show,” Washington said.

Then Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo (who plays Dr. Meredith Grey) chimed in, with a quote that lit up Twitter: “You could send him over to Meredith and I could cut his vocal cords out.”

That got a reaction in the room.

Washington then toned it down: “We’ve had characters say outrageous things on our show, so it wouldn’t be out of the question for somebody who says outrageous things to be on our show.”

Full TCA coverage.

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