Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Uproar Over Omarosa Manigault-Newman at Black Journalists Convention

Uproar Over Omarosa Manigault-Newman at Black Journalists Convention

Omarosa Manigualt walked out of a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans Friday night after it devolved into chaos as attendees turned their back on the Trump administration aide and "Apprentice" star in protest.

Manigault then accused Gordon of being aggressive, saying that if Gordon and others in the audience had issues with the Trump administration, they should raise them with Trump.

But the discussion quickly worsened from there.

Omarosa and Gordon got into repeated tense exchanges when he began asking about the President's views.

"I said, please don't be too nice", Trump said in a video of his speech to police officers on Long Island July 28.

"You don't walk away from the table", Manigault-Newman responded when asked why she'd take a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African Americans.

"Ok boo, play it", Gordon replied tersely. "I don't want to hear your question", Ms. Manigault-Newman said, talking over him.

"When you try to kill me and my career because you want to advance yourself, because you are now making money after not making money from selling cell phones, and now you're making $180,000 a year, good for you", Ryan added. She was just seven when her father was murdered; while her brother, Jack, was later killed in a shooting incident.

It was at this point that Gordon moved closer to Omarosa from the podium as she sat in a chair.

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.

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.

She later said she had invited several law enforcement officials to come to the White House to discuss criminal justice issues.

On Friday, when Manigault was asked in the panel about her thoughts on Trump's remarks on police brutality, she simply replied, "No". Pressed about the topic later, she added, "It's not even part of my portfolio". She also reportedly slammed the audience for always assuming the worst about Trump.

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

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