Black Journalists Pull Out Of NABJ Panel After Omarosa Signs On

  • Black Journalists Pull Out Of NABJ Panel After Omarosa Signs On

Black Journalists Pull Out Of NABJ Panel After Omarosa Signs On

The NABJ has long invited members of the White House administration to participate in its conference, the group said in an earlier statement to TheWrap, however given the current climate, Omarosa -who now serves as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison - was a particularly polarizing choice.

She talked about the murders of her father and brother but things went south when Gordon of Bounce TV asked her about what she was doing to advocate on behalf of blacks and Trump's recent comments on policing in which he seemed to be encouraging police brutality, according to The Associated Press.

Manigualt-Newman did say that some of Trump comments such as police should not "be too nice", were inappropriate.

At several points in the conference, participants turned their back to the panel - and a number of journalists walked out, NPR reported.

Gordon later suggested that there was a debate among the panel organizers about whether Manigault-Newman would be asked about the Trump administration during the event.

"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.

After Manigault joined Trump's White House staff, reports said she would be focusing on public engagement.

"I sit at a table where I am not only the only African-American woman, but the only African-American at all", she reportedly said. She was angry that he didn't exclusively want to focus on her family losses, and at one point told him, "shame on you".

"Shame on you", Manigault -Newman told Gordon just minutes after coming on stage.

In the midst of attempts to restore order, Manigault quietly summoned her security and exited the panel. When Mr. Gordon said she was wrong, she replied, "I have it on tape, boo".

While Manigault-Newman admitted Trump's remarks were not appropriate, she also took civil rights activists to task for refusing to meet with the president.

Her personal life was marred by tragedies.

Before giving the microphone to Glover, Gordon called the panel a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns".

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