Who Is Omarosa Manigault? Trump's Aide Causes Uproar At Black Journalists' Conference

Who Is Omarosa Manigault? Trump's Aide Causes Uproar At Black Journalists' Conference

Who Is Omarosa Manigault? Trump's Aide Causes Uproar At Black Journalists' Conference

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.

Manigault-Newman was preceded on stage for "Black and Blue: Raising Our Sons, Protecting our Communities", by two women whose relatives were killed in encounters with police.

Omarosa Manigualt walked out of a panel at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in New Orleans Friday night after it devolved into chaos as attendees turned their back on the Trump administration aide and "Apprentice" star in protest. And she ended up receiving of jeers and boos from the crowd. It began when the name of President Donald Trump was mentioned.

She has held no reservations about being a vocal Trump supporter.

During the 2016 presidential campaign season, Trump was invited to speak at NABJ's conference in Washington, D.C. He declined then as well. "I came out to laughter as if this was a joke", she said. She has even called himself a "Trumplican". Though she criticized her boss for seeming to encourage police brutality, she defended the administration in a series of heated exchanges over its relationship with communities of color around the country. Her specific title was made clear later as the "Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Office of Public Liaison".

At one point, she accused the moderator of making light of her family's tragedy, which he denied. She was just seven when her father was murdered; while her brother, Jack, was later killed in a shooting incident. And, during the panel, she joined the critics of The Donald for supporting police militarization.

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. "Ask your questions but don't lecture me".

"Don't be aggressive", Manigault said.

At several points in the conference, participants turned their back to the panel - and a number of journalists walked out, NPR reported.

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