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Black journalists' panel erupts in anger after speaker Omarosa Manigault says this

Black journalists' panel erupts in anger after speaker Omarosa Manigault says this

A panel at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans Friday featuring White House aide Omarosa Manigault erupted after Manigault would not respond to questions about the administration in which she serves.

These sort of professional media meetups are typically musty affairs with awkward smalltalk and cash bars. Ms. Manigault-Newman said she could not "disclose confidential conversations with the president", which led to loud sighing and snickering in the crowd, though Ms. Manigault-Newman did say she thought it was wrong for Mr. Trump to make those comments. Many turned around with their backs facing her, many others simply walked out of the panel.

Attendees were outraged to find that the White House liaison was scheduled to speak on a panel surrounding police brutality and state sanctioned violence. And when asked at the panel what kind of work she has been doing with the Department of Justice on curbing aggressive policing, Manigault had a dismissive answer: "Google me". Ms. Manigault-Newman interjected, "Are you suggesting that I just walk away?"

Before she became a part of the Trump administration this year, Manigault had worked at the former Vice President Al Gore's office during the Clinton administration as a scheduling correspondent. "It's on the front burner because I'm pushing the issue and raising the issue", Manigault said to a booing audience.

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Manigualt-Newman did say that some of Trump comments such as police should not "be too nice", were inappropriate. At one point, Gordon and Manigault-Newman both stood and paced the stage, talking each other down face-to-face. But when he crossed the line by bringing up her late father and brother (who were murdered in separate incidents not involving the police), Manigault stood up, grabbed a microphone, and shut Gordon down.

The pair ended up in a volatile exchange because Gordon wanted to talk about Trump. "Honestly it was a total mess but one that accurately shows the divide between the mindsets of the African American community in this country today", she said.

At one point, she accused the moderator of making light of her family's tragedy, which he denied. She was invited to join the day prior by NABJ President Sarah Glover. "Her personal experience is her personal experience".


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