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Omarosa Storms Of Stage At Black Journalism Conference When Asked About Trump

Omarosa Manigault’s appearance at a conference for black journalists descended into chaos as members of the crowd turned their back in protest.

Just moments later the Apprentice star and White House aide walked off the stage in disgust after the moderator brought Donald Trump’s name into a discussion on police brutality.

The walkout occurred during her controversial talk at the National Association of Black Journalists conference in New Orleans in which she told the crowd ‘I fight on the front lines everyday’.

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Several people planning to attend already boycotted the event after hearing she would be there.

But when she entered the room, there was immediate tension as some turned around and others left the room altogether.

According to TMZ the longtime Trump supporter and now aide to the President got offended with how journalist Ed Gordon phrased a question about Trump during the debate.

Although Manigault appeared to be happy sharing her personal story about how her father Jack Manigault Sr., and her brother, Jack Thomas Manigault Jr. were murdered, her mood suddenly changed when Trump’s name came up.

She said that she wasn’t going to defend every single one of his decisions.

Manigault, 43, is director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison and noted that she is often the ‘only African-American representative’ in the White House and frequently tries to be an advocate on behalf of black people.

Slate.com reports how she began by sharing a personal story about the violent deaths to her family members until she addressed a fellow panelist who had asked what she had done for people who have lost loved ones to the police.

‘I fight on the front lines everyday,’ she replied, causing room to erupt in laughter.

Bounce TV’s Ed Gordon who was moderating the session ‘Black and Blue: Raising Our Sons, Protecting Our Communities,’ attempted to hold her accountable for the administration she represents by tying in her personal story with the administration’s policy, but Manigault was ready to fight back.

The event began cordially, but within minutes, it devolved into a shouting match.

Manigault refused to allow Gordon to finish a follow-up question and stood up accusing him of being aggressive.

Organizers them played a clip of President Trump’s recent speech encouraging the police to be ‘rough’ with people whom they arrest.

Asked for her comments on Trump’s remarks and changes to criminal justice policies under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Manigault said, ‘I don’t work for the justice dept.’

“I’m not going to stand here and defend everything about Donald Trump,” she said, to loud sighs in the audience, reports the New York Times.

Eventually she decided she’d had enough of the tense exchanges and she ended up walking off the stage before the end of the panel.

Gordon described the entire incident to Slate as a ‘hot mess.’

‘It was my understanding that she was there to talk about her personal story, but also to be a representative of this administration,’ he said.

Manigault accused the crowd of journalists of not having sympathy for the deaths of her father and brother. ‘I came out to laughter as if this was a joke,’ she said. ‘Walking into a room where you get shut down does not open a line of communication so change can happen.’

But even before she took to the stage, her very inclusion in the conference sparked controversy with many branding the invite as ‘extremely offensive’.

An insider told Page Six on Friday that members and moderators have been dropping out of the event after Manigault was added to a panel discussing police brutality.

The source said: ‘The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama — even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.’

Among the dropouts are New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and the New Yorker’s Kelani Cobb.

Cobb told Page Six that Omarosa’s inclusion wasn’t the sole reason for quitting the panel, branding the event ‘very disorganized’.

Last week it emerged that she has waged war on journalists April Ryan and Roland Martin, as well as renowned Pastor Jamal Bryant calling them ‘enemies of the Trump administration.’

The former Apprentice star told the president that the three high-profile personalities are the ‘biggest threats to sow discord in the African American community against the White House agenda,’ sources told DailyMail.com exclusively.

Omarosa, who now works on Trump’s communication team, was once close pals with Ryan, Martin and Bryant, but is now monitoring them because of their political differences.

The reality star turned-political aide regularly partied with Martin, a former CNN contributor, during the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference every September – but reportedly turned on him after he made bold anti-Trump commentaries.

Her friendship with Ryan came to an end after the CNN contributor advised Manigault against taking a job at the White House.

She also cut things off with Bryant after he supported Senator Bernie Sanders for the 2016 presidential election.

‘It’s shocking that three people she once considered her close friends are not just her personal nemeses, but she’s always bashing in meetings with senior White House staff and has her team keeping a dossier on each of them,’ one source revealed.

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