Uproar Over Omarosa Manigault-Newman at Black Journalists Convention

Uproar Over Omarosa Manigault-Newman at Black Journalists Convention

(L-R) Panel moderator Edward Gordon, White House aide Omarosa Manigault, Cheryl Dorsey and Arthur Reed at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.

These sort of professional media meetups are typically musty affairs with awkward smalltalk and cash bars.

CNN commentator and American Urban Radio Networks bureau chief April Ryan has distanced herself from Manigault since she became an aide to President Donald Trump.

A handful people in the audience, including Brittany Packnett, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and a founder of a policy group called Campaign Zero, stood up and turned their backs toward Ms. Manigault-Newman to protest her presence. Omarosa argued she agreed to do the panel to talk about her experiences, not to defend every word Trump has ever said.

Manigault-Newman was asked whether Trump's comments were appropriate for a commander in chief, and she replied simply, "No".

Manigault was later asked by one of her fellow panelists whether or not she felt hypocritical for joining an administration that appears "hostile" to African Americans, Manigault explained that "you don't want away from the table, because if you're not on the table, you're on the menu".

"I fight on the front lines every day", Manigault-Newman said, prompting gasps of disbelief from people in the audience. A video of the president speaking to police officers last month on Long Island followed as Trump suggested, "please don't be too nice", when putting suspects into patrol cars. When Gordon, according to news reports, requested that he be able to finish his question, Manigault-Newman said, "I don't want to hear your question".

Manigault told Gordon that he was being "aggressive" and demanded him not to "lecture" her. It began innocuously enough-Manigault spoke about the brother and father she lost to gun violence, similar to Castile and Sterling, whose relatives were killed by police. When Mr. Gordon said she was wrong, she replied, "I have it on tape, boo".

Several journalists who were scheduled to be on the panel pulled out of the event after Ms. Manigault-Newman was added.

At one point, she accused the moderator of making light of her family's tragedy, which he denied.

When Gordon again went back to talking about President Trump, Omarosa went off, and the two were essentially yelling in each other's faces.

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