Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Lit AF: Omarosa Manigault, Ed Gordon shame each other at NABJ

Lit AF: Omarosa Manigault, Ed Gordon shame each other at NABJ

During a panel talk at the 2017 National Association of Black Journalists, Manigault - who was featured as a speaker - refused to answer questions about the Trump administration.

"I'm not going to stand here and defend everything about Donald Trump", she said, according to the paper, adding that the remark was greeted with loud sighs.

But the discussion quickly worsened from there.

Gordon kept asking Omarosa if she had spoken to the president about the comments.

"I'll see y'all at the White House Christmas party in December", Gordon reportedly said as she left.

"Ok boo, play it", Gordon replied tersely.

"I fight on the front lines every day", Manigault-Newman said, provoking laughter and groans from the audience.

She added, "When you try to kill me and my career because you want to advance yourself, because you are now making money after not making money from selling cellphones, and now you're making $180,000 a year, good for you". She was just seven when her father was murdered; while her brother, Jack, was later killed in a shooting incident. "I came out to laughter as if this was a joke", she said. "When you have someone in the room, you don't beat the hell out of them".

They had very few three-pointers to speak of; in other words, they were the opposite of what the NBA is supposed to be today. In fact, not only do they have deficiencies, but they do not even have the tools or resources to resolve those deficiencies.

Manigault told Gordon that he was being "aggressive" and demanded him not to "lecture" her.

"It's not a mess", she said.

Moderator and broadcast journalist Ed Gordon stepped in at the last minute, but he sparred with Manigault-Newman, nearly as soon as she stepped on stage.

Manigault-Newman was on her feet, microphone in hand, pacing the stage in a heated argument with moderator Ed Gordon, host of BET's "Weekly".

Manigault interrupted Gordon as he tried to ask her how she could sit in "a White House with a man who clearly is sending a signal to this country that" police don't have to treat suspects gently.

Most of Omarosa's critics are within the broader black community, which is largely are flabbergasted by her loyalty to President Trump, rather than the minorities he often excoriates.

When Gordon turned to the topic of Trump, Manigault-Newman objected.

A handful people in the audience, including Brittany Packnett, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist and a founder of a policy group called Campaign Zero, stood up and turned their backs toward Ms. Manigault-Newman to protest her presence.

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