We’ve written about Omarosa Manigault before in not so flattering terms. That was one writer’s opinion though.
Today she’s causing an uproar in the American media sphere due to a panel appearance at the National Association of Black Journalist’s Conference in New Orleans that people in the audience are calling everything from “tense” to “31 minutes of pure insanity.”
The drama started when Omarosa, a White House political aide and Trump associate, was added to a panel on police brutality at the last minute causing everyone from the moderator—the New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb—and another panelist—New York Times‘ Nikole Hannah-Jones—to pull out citing opposition to her last minute inclusion. Understandably, the journalists might be wary of a member of an administration that’s show open hostility to working journalists and has issued some less than stellar rhetoric around police brutality.
An unnamed source told Page Six, “The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama —even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.”
Here’s a short clip of what you missed by not going to this years National Association of Black Journalist’s Conference in New Orleans plus some of the better reactions to the drama, below.
— maya king (@mayaaliah) August 11, 2017
this omarosa appearance is beneath NABJ
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) August 11, 2017
"I fight on the front lines every day," Omarosa tells packed room at NABJ, to groans.
— Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen) August 11, 2017
— Suzette Hackney (@suzyscribe) August 11, 2017
Omarosa just told this moderator, "Shame on you." His response literally included, "so here's what you're not gonna do…" #NABJ17
— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) August 11, 2017
Omarosa literally just ran out. #NABJ17
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) August 11, 2017
Omarosa Manigault has left the stage. That was 31 minutes of pure insanity.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 11, 2017
Not everyone was annoyed though:
— awkward connoisseur (@RaychJackson) August 11, 2017