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Omarosa Manigualt walks out on black journalist convention after uproar

Omarosa Manigualt walks out on black journalist convention after uproar

Omarosa Manigault found herself in some hot water at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans on Friday. A video of the president speaking to police officers last month on Long Island followed as Trump suggested, "please don't be too nice", when putting suspects into patrol cars.

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.

Several activists and journalists-including NewsOne's Jamilah Lemieux-turned their backs towards Manigault-Newman as she spoke.

Gordon later suggested that there was a debate among the panel organizers about whether Manigault-Newman would be asked about the Trump administration during the event.

When she was pressed and hectored about "why she'd [taken] a job in an administration seen by many in the room as hostile to African Americans", Manigault reportedly reminded the audience "you don't walk away from the table".

Manigault then accused Gordon of being aggressive, saying that if Gordon and others in the audience had issues with the Trump administration, they should raise them with Trump.

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". "Because if you're not on the table, you're on the menu", she said.

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

"You immediately go to Donald Trump!". She was angry that he didn't exclusively want to focus on her family losses, and at one point told him, "shame on you". When Mr. Gordon said she was wrong, she replied, "I have it on tape, boo". Gordon also asked for her opinion on policies enacted at the Department of Justice by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that would roll back federal oversight of local police departments, and about any conversations she has had with the president regarding issues of concern to the black community.

Sarah Glover, president of NABJ, tried to take control of the panel after some 45 minutes of confrontation on the stage. She claimed she was there to talk about her personal experience with violence, as some of her family members have been murdered.

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