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Omarosa's NABJ Panel Described as 'a Total Mess' by Attendee

Omarosa's NABJ Panel Described as 'a Total Mess' by Attendee

Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the Trump near-apprentice turned White House aide, walked off the panel stage yesterday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention after a heated, almost half-hour exchange with Bounce TV's Ed Gordon.

When the moderator, journalist Ed Gordon, started to ask how she can sit the same White House as Trump, Omarosa was clearly offended. Trump recently said some police officers are too courteous to suspects when arresting them.

Heading into the forum, numerous conference attendees said they were steeling themselves for the appearance of Ms. Manigault-Newman, who became famous on "The Apprentice" and has had several fiery exchanges with journalists.

A handful people in the audience, including Brittany Packnett, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and a founder of a policy group called Campaign Zero, stood up and turned their backs toward Ms. Manigault-Newman to protest her presence.

Black journalists in attendance at the event took to Twitter to show what happened during Manigault's appearance on the panel.

"Are you suggesting that I just walk away?"

During the Republican National Convention in July 2016, Manigault announced she was given the position of Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump's presidential campaign. 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".

"Shame on you", Manigault said to Gordon.

However, she was asked about her role in the Trump administration, and what - if anything - she's done for the black community. "You inform them of what's going on in the community so they can be an advocate".

The crowd became increasingly angered with Manigault as she flat out refused to address remarks about the Trump administration. 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".

At one point, she accused the moderator of making light of her family's tragedy, which he denied.

Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage. "Her personal experience is her personal experience".