The NABJ has long invited members of the White House administration to participate in its conference, the group said in an earlier statement to TheWrap, however given the current climate, Omarosa -who now serves as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison - was a particularly polarizing choice.
The black journalists turned their backs on Manigault even though she said she disagreed with Trump's joke about how he did not want police to be "too nice" by putting their hands on top of the heads of "thugs" while throwing them "into the back of a paddy wagon".
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.
Robinson also noted audience reactions: "Through the whole thing, people were yelling at her, and she would respond by snapping back at them".
Several journalists who were scheduled to be on the panel pulled out of the event after Ms. Manigault-Newman was added. "Ask me a question about me". 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. "She went OFF, said that she was offended that anyone would belittle what she went through ..."
"Shame on you", Manigault said to Gordon.
The crowd became increasingly angered with Manigault as she flat out refused to address remarks about the Trump administration.
"If you want to talk about Donald Trump, have a problem with Donald Trump", Manigault-Newman said.
"You immediately go to Donald Trump!". When Mr. Gordon said she was wrong, she replied, "I have it on tape, boo".
Becoming more combative with her fellow panelists, Manigault told another panelist "Google me" her after she was asked about her work with the Department of Justice on police issues. "Her personal experience is her personal experience".
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.
NABJ President Sarah Glover at one point faced the audience herself to explain Manigault-Newman's appearance at the conference.
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