Trump aide sparks convention uproar

Aug 13, 2017, 00:54
Trump aide sparks convention uproar

Trump administration aide Omarosa Manigault didn't receive the warmest welcome this week at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention in New Orleans.

The White House public liaison worker, generally referred to only by her first name, attended a panel on police brutality at the organization's meeting in New Orleans on Friday.

While discussing Trump's recent controversial remarks that endorsed police brutality and her thoughts on Freddie Gray's death, Manigault-Newman said she doesn't think "a black boy should be treated the way Freddie Gray was" which led to a debate about how referring to Black men as "boys" strips away their manhood.

Heading into the forum, several journalists who were scheduled to be on the panel backed out over the addition of Manigault-Newman, who became famous after appearing on The Apprentice.

Things reportedly got so bad that some in the audience either walked out of the event or stood and turned their backs to the stage in protest of her appearance.

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"It would be foolhardy to assume that anyone would come here or that any journalist worth his salt or her salt would sit here and not ask certain questions", Gordon told the audience.

However, she was asked about her role in the Trump administration, and what - if anything - she's done for the black community. 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". It began when the name of President Donald Trump was mentioned.

"That's just a little bit aggressive", she said. "You inform them of what's going on in the community so they can be an advocate". "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". When Mr. Gordon said she was wrong, she replied, "I have it on tape, boo".

The argument erupted when Gordon, who was moderating the panel, repeatedly trashed President Trump and got snarky with Manigault. She claimed she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been murdered.

Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage.

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