White House aide Omarosa Manigault got into a heated exchange with the moderator of a police brutality panel Friday at the National Association of Black Journalists conference when he wouldn't stop going after President Donald Trump.
These sort of professional media meetups are typically musty affairs with awkward smalltalk and cash bars.
During a panel-moderated by journalist Ed Gordon-that delved into the tarnished relationship between police officials and communities of color, she was questioned about how she is using her platform as an aide in Trump's administration to help the African American community, the outlet writes. 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. "You can ask a question, but I'm not going to listen to a lecture". But at one point, asked how she worked with the Justice Department on issues of policing, Manigault-Newman suggested that people in the room should "Google" her work.
"I did my best to keep this civil as possible", Gordon said after Manigualt said she didn't want to hear the question.
The panel ended abruptly when Ms. Manigault-Newman walked off the stage after Mr. Gordon said it was a "quagmire" that had "reached the point of diminished returns".
She began by telling the story of the loss of her father and brother to violence in Youngstown, Ohio, a story that she said has allowed her to understand the pain of families who have lost children or loved ones to gun violence.
"I fight on the front lines every day", Manigault-Newman said, provoking laughter and groans from the audience. Manigault-Newman shot back, later suggesting Gordon was trying to "walk all over" her.
Black journalists in attendance at the event took to Twitter to show what happened during Manigault's appearance on the panel.
"It's not a mess", she said.
Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage.
She later mentioned that her tweet prompted a discussion between herself and a former NABJ president. "Her personal experience is her personal experience".