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Obama Meets With Furious Erica Garner After Being Snubbed at ABC News Town Hall

erica garnerThings got intense backstage at the taping of ABC News’ 1-hour special “The President and the People: A National Conversation,” as Erica Garner, daughter of slain police chokehold victim Eric Garner, vented about being excluded from asking a question at the event after she had been promised she would have such an opportunity. From a White House pool report following the taping:

As we were being led into the room, we saw a clearly and very agitated Erica Garner yelling about her lack of participation in the program. She said she’d been offered a chance by ABC News to ask the president a question but did not get to do so. “I was railroaded! I was railroaded by ABC on the two-year anniversary of my father’s death!” Eric Garner died on July 17, 2014.

“That’s what I have to do? A black person has to yell to be heard?”

In a chaotic moment, Garner could be heard asking to speak to the president, he looked up, seeming to want to notice where the commotion was coming from.

Your pooler also stood in front of an attendee who confronted Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick about his question to the president, saying it was inappropriate manner in which to address the president.

At one point, Garner was led by an aide inside the theatre to speak with the president. When an aide touched her arm, she recoiled, saying “Don’t touch me.” She was led back out again where multiple aides were overheard saying that POTUS wanted to speak with her, but we cannot confirm whether the meeting actually happened.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest released the following statement following the incident:

“After the ABC-hosted townhall that was taped this afternoon, the President had a brief opportunity to visit with Erica Garner who was upset that she didn’t get called on to ask a question.”

For her part, Garner appeared to be most angry with ABC, if her Twitter is any indication:


Update: Here’s video from HuffPost Live that includes some of Erica Garner’s meeting with the President:

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