Activists Turn Their Backs During Omarosa's Talk At Black Journalist Conference

Omarosa's NABJ Appearance Was Very Tense

Manigault-Newman was asked whether Trump's comments were appropriate for a commander in chief, and she replied simply, "No".

Manigault is a White House liaison in the Trump administration.

Manigault was not originally scheduled to be on the panel.

"I'm not going to stand here and defend [Trump's] every word or decision but I will tell my story", she said before accusing Gordon of "dismissing" her attempts to speak about the loss of her father and brother, both of whom were murdered in separate incidents. "The most powerful part was when some attendees stood up and turned their backs to her, they stood for the whole time, didn't yell or respond when she said something in their direction".

"I'll see y'all at the White House Christmas party in December", Gordon reportedly said as she left.

Speaking before officers from Suffolk County Police Department in NY on efforts to combat the gang MS-13, Trump said in July, "When you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon. You don't walk away from the table because if you're not at the table, you're on the menu".

The black journalists turned their backs on Manigault even though she said she disagreed with Trump's joke about how he did not want police to be "too nice" by putting their hands on top of the heads of "thugs" while throwing them "into the back of a paddy wagon". It began when the name of President Donald Trump was mentioned. When Gordon, according to news reports, requested that he be able to finish his question, Manigault-Newman said, "I don't want to hear your question". Moderator Ed Gordon, who was also a last-minute addition, addressed the elephant in the room before introducing her. She argued that Glover had invited her to talk about her personal experience with gun violence and that he was being dismissive.

Several notable journalists were invited to appear alongside Manigault, including New York Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New Yorker's Jelani Cobb, Sandra Sterling, Alton Sterling's aunt, and Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile.

The hours leading up to Manigault's appearance at this week's NABJ conference were fraught. "Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump".

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