Omarosa Manigault reportedly caused an uproar at a black journalists panel in New Orleans on Friday.
During a panel talk at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists, Manigault — who was featured as a speaker — refused to answer direct questions about the Trump administration, and her role within it.
Manigault is a White House liaison in the Trump administration.
Page Six on Friday reported that two prominent New York writers, Jelani Cobb and Nikole Hannah-Jones, essentially refused to take part in the panel after they learned that they’d be sharing the stage with Manigault.
“Cobb told Page Six that the reason for pulling out ‘wasn’t simply the addition of Omarosa,” the publication wrote. “It was that she was added at the eleventh hour and it was unclear whether we would be able to discuss substantive issues regarding the administration and its policing policies. Also, the panel was very disorganized, and basic things like format were not clear.'”
The panel’s moderator, Ed Gordon, was at odds with Manigault from the time that she stepped on stage to speak.
“Shame on you,” Manigault told Gordon repeatedly when he would challenge her or disagree with her sentiments. Page Six reported that at one point, the two talked at one another, one interrupting the other at nearly every turn.
Gordon later asked Manigault about Trump’s comments about “roughing up” suspects while detaining them, and Manigault claimed that police brutality is an important issue to the Trump administration, but refused to elaborate on “private” conversations with the president.
Manigault was later asked by one of her fellow panelists whether or not she felt hypocritical for joining an administration that appeared to be “hostile” toward African Americans. Clearly on the offensive, Manigault explained that “you don’t walk away from the table, because if you’re not on the table, you’re on the menu.”
Becoming more combative with her fellow panelists as the minutes ticked by, Manigault told another panelist “Google me” after she was asked about her work with the Department of Justice on police issues.
Page Six claimed that many in the audience were openly hostile to Manigault, and some even walked out of the conference as a result of her appearance, and her demeanor.
— Haniyyah Sharpe (@OnPoint24_7) August 11, 2017