Panel With Omarosa Manigault at Black Journalists Conference Goes Totally Off the Rails
Wow. Things are getting heated with @OMAROSA on police brutality panel. #NABJ17 pic.twitter.com/QL744TKrKW
— Courtney Bryant (@CourtneyDBryant) August 11, 2017
On Friday, the presence of Omarosa Manigault at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists convention resulted in chaos which led to people walking out of the event and a panel that went totally off the rails.
When it was announced that Manigault — who serves in the Trump administration as the communications director of the Office of Public Liaison — was participating in a discussion on police brutality at the conference, two of the panelists dropped out, including New York Times Magazine reporterNikole Hannah-Jones — who was scheduled to moderate. Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon stepped in to replace Hannah-Jones at the last minute, and promised a “controversial interview.”
My career has been built on controversial interviews. Let’s see what happens today. https://t.co/m21JkFg9D0
— Ed Gordon (@EdLGordon) August 11, 2017
At the event, Manigault was not welcomed by many of the conference goers, some of whom turned their backs on her as she was speaking while others had walked out.
Protesters turn their backs on #Omarosa #NABJ17 pic.twitter.com/mXFYquljPw
— Anita Bennett (@tvanita) August 11, 2017
And the panel went sideways when Manigault and Gordon had a heated confrontation.
“I did my best to try to keep this as civil as possible,” the moderator stated, which led to a roaring applause from the audience.
Manigault told Gordon that he was being “aggressive” and demanded him not to “lecture” her.
Then things escalated when Gordon tried pressing her with criticisms of President Trump and she accused him of “disrespecting” her family and not allowing her to tell her story.
Watch above, via KMOV reporter Courtney Bryant.
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