Omarosa Ditches Black Journalists Panel After "Aggressive" Questioning

Andrew Harnik  AP
Andrew Harnik AP

13 August, 2017

Omarosa Manigault, former Apprentice victor and current Donald Trump aide, appeared on a panel about police brutality at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans on Friday, and it was, in Trumpspeak, the greatest panel in the history of panels.

The director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison was a late addition to the Friday afternoon panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans.

When the moderator, journalist Ed Gordon, started to ask how she can sit the same White House as Trump, Omarosa was clearly offended.

As the beef went on. video begins to play in the background showing Trump's recent comments encouraging cops to rough up people they arrest.

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.

And the panel went sideways when Manigault and Gordon had a heated confrontation.

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It's worth pondering why the NABJ would invite a B-list reality TV star, who's reportedly threatened to release "dossiers" of information about journalists covering the White House, in the first place. Manigault-Newman said she could not "disclose confidential conversations with the president", which elicited sighing and snickering in the crowd, though Manigault-Newman said she thought it was wrong for Trump to make those comments.

The argument erupted when Gordon, who was moderating the panel, repeatedly trashed President Trump and got snarky with Manigault. "Because if you're not on the table, you're on the menu", she said. "You inform them of what's going on in the community so they can be an advocate".

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

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

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. "Her personal experience is her personal experience".

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