Omarosa Manigault Challenged During NABJ Panel

White House Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison Omarosa Manigault had a rather hostile meeting with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) at their convention on Friday. Although she managed to condemn President Trump for his seeming support of police brutality, Manigault still defended the administration in a sequence of intense conversations over its relationship with minority communities across the nation and around the world.

One particular panel discussion turned combative once Manigault began to rehash how her father and brother were both killed due to street violence in Youngstown, Ohio.

Ed Gordon, a host on the Bounce TV channel, served as the panel’s moderator. He asked Manigault about Trump’s stance on the current state of law enforcement, specifically on his position that officers should not be humane while apprehending suspects, and also the reinstituted war on drugs that Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to begin.

However, Manigault did not want to discuss Trump or his affairs. NBC News reports that she first recoiled at “disclosing confidential conversations with the president,” then got up, trotting the stage as she argued with Gordon. She was upset that he wasn’t interested in focusing on her family losses, and even told him, “shame on you.”

She continued, “I’m not going to stand here and defend every single word and decision. I still have my story — you’re dismissing my family story, “ per CNN.

Gordon asked Manigault whether Trump’s remarks regarding arresting suspects were proper, and she responded with a quick “no” and attempted to change the subject matter. As Gordon continued to ask her questions regarding the administration’s policies, Manigault made a point to say that she is typically the only minority within administrative meetings.

She was apparently annoyed with the fact that the four other panelists were mostly unquestioned throughout her time on stage. She even asked at one point, ““Is this a panel or is this just me?”

Many members of the audience were taken aback by her comments. In the midst of her speaking, some people stood and turned their backs to Manigault.

The New York Post reports, that two journalists who planned to be apart of the panel declined to participate: Jelani Cobb of The New Yorker, and Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times. Cobb explained the Post he was upset that Manigault was added under the wire.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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