Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

White House's Omarosa Manigault jeered during panel talk

White House's Omarosa Manigault jeered during panel talk

On Friday, the presence of Omarosa Manigault at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention resulted in chaos which led to people walking out of the event and a panel that went totally off the rails.

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

However, some attendees turned their backs on her as she sat down for the panel moderated by BET journalist Ed Gordon that included Philando Castile's mother Valerie Castile and Alton Sterling's aunt Sandra Sterling.

Gordon, who had shared a tweet prior to the meeting about his career being "built on controversial interviews", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, went toe-to-toe with the 43-year-old by saying "I'll ask the questions in my way".

In the midst of attempts to restore order, Manigault quietly summoned her security and exited the panel.

"I'm not going to stand here and defend everything about Donald Trump", she said.

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault-Newman, nearly as soon as she stepped on stage. However, his discussion with Manigault, one of the few African-Americans holding a senior position in the Trump administration, turned into a verbal spar when she was questioned about the president's stance on the issues, reports said.

"I fight on the front lines every day", Manigault-Newman said, prompting gasps of disbelief from people in the audience.

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"If you want to ask about the loss of my father and my brother and the issues I do, ask about my story", she said.

Clearly, Gordon didn't agree with Omarosa, and he proceeded to play a clip of Trump joking about not being too "nice" to suspects when they arrest them.

"If you want to talk about Donald Trump, have a problem with Donald Trump", Manigault-Newman said.

Black journalists in attendance at the event took to Twitter to show what happened during Manigault's appearance on the panel.

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

Manigualt walked off the stage when Gordon said it was a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns", according to The Times.

Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage.

Most of Omarosa's critics are within the broader black community, which is largely are flabbergasted by her loyalty to President Trump, rather than the minorities he often excoriates.

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